Ochre Brittlegill

Russula ochroleuca

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Ochre Brittlegill Russula ochroleuca Pers. (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 4โ€“10cm across, convex then flattening and with a depression, margin eventually furrowed; ochre, yellow, or sometimes greenish-yellow; fleshy; two-thirds peeling. Stem 40โ€“70ร—15โ€“25mm; white, greying slightly with age, especially when waterlogged. Flesh white; taste from mild to moderately hot. Gills adnexed; creamy. Spores 8โ€“10ร—7โ€“8ยต, broadly ovate; warts up to 1.2ยต high, joined by numerous fine lines forming a fairly well-developed network. Spore print whitish to pale cream (Aโ€“C). Cap surface cystidia absent; hyphae 2โ€“3ยต wide, often with yellow encrusting pigment. Habitat with broad-leaved trees and conifers; late summer to late autumn. Very common. Edible.

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