Yellowing Brittlegill

Russula puellaris


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Yellowing Brittlegill Russula puellaris Fr. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 2.5โ€“5cm across, convex then flattened and centrally depressed, margin furrowed; dull purple, wine-coloured, dull red, bay, or brick, or washed-out versions of these colours, often minutely spotted with darker colour, often darker in the centre; thin-fleshed, sticky when moist; half to two-thirds peeling. Stem 20โ€“65ร—5โ€“15mm, cylindrical or narrowly club-shaped; white; easily broken. Flesh white; taste mild. Gills adnexed-free, pale ochre; all parts becoming or bruising pale ochre. Spores 6.5โ€“9ร—5.5โ€“7ยต, ovate; warts up to 1.2ยต high, mostly isolated, fine lines absent or very few. Spore print deepish cream (Dโ€“E). Cap cystidia numerous, mostly club-shaped, with 0โ€“1 septa. Habitat with broad-leaved trees or conifers; summer to autumn. Frequent. Edible.

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