Geranium Brittlegill

Russula fellea


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Geranium Brittlegill Russula fellea (Fr.) Fr. (illustrated 55% life size) Cap 4โ€“9cm across, convex, soon flattening, often with a broad umbo, margin smooth to slightly furrowed; straw-coloured to pale ochre-honey or buff; fairly fleshy, slightly sticky when moist; peeling at margin only. Stem 20โ€“60ร—10โ€“20mm; coloured as cap but slightly paler, cream if rubbed with iron salts; firm. Flesh white; taste very hot, smell of geraniums. Gills adnexed; coloured as stem. Spores 7.5โ€“9ร—6โ€“7ยต, ovate; warts up to 0.7ยต high, mostly joined by fine lines to form a well-developed network. Spore print whitish to pale cream (Aโ€“C). Cap cystidia abundant, cylindrical to narrowly club-shaped, strongly reacting with SV. Habitat with beech; late summer to late autumn. Common. Not edible.

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