Russula elegans

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Russula elegans Bres. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 2.5–6cm across, convex; brown to reddish-cerise; rather fragile; hardly peeling. Stem 25–55×7–15mm, equal; white, marking brownish at the base and when damaged. Flesh white; fragile; taste mild, smell pleasant, slightly fruity. Gills rather close, interveined; light cream. Spores 7–8.5×6–7.5µ, ovate; warts low, up to 0.5µ, connectives irregular, rarely forming a reticulum. Spore print creamy yellow (G). Habitat in mixed woodland; summer to early autumn. Very rare. Unknown edibility. Note photographed by Geoffrey Kibby.

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