Coral Brittlegill

Russula velenovskyi

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Coral Brittlegill Russula velenovskyi Melzer & Zvàra (illustrated 50% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, almost globose at first then flattening and with a depression, often with a low umbo; red, coral, brick, wine- or flesh-coloured, pale ochre or buff in places; fleshy; two-thirds peeling. Stem 30–60×10–15mm; white, often tinged pink, especially near base; firm, powdered above. Flesh white; taste mild. Gills almost free; cream. Spores 6.5–9×5.5–7.5µ, ovate; warts up to 0.7µ high, with very few thin lines. Spore print deep cream (E–F). Cap cystidia sparse, mostly cylindrical, sometimes with septa, occasionally narrow club-shaped; sparse granules staining in fuchsin. Habitat with broad-leaved trees and pine; summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible.

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