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Brittlegill (Russula species)

Observed: 5th December 2009 By: Blewit Boy
Cardiff Naturalists' Society
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in coniferous woodland


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    Likely ID
    Brittlegill (Russula sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 3 People
    • dshubble
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Yes this is a Russula species. I am pleased that you photographed the underside and gave a clue of conifer wood as its habitat. I can only take a guess at the species. Because it does not have a flush on the stalk similar to the cap colour it must be somewhere near The Sickener Russula emetica. I would need more information to pin it down.

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Brittlegills are..........

Brittlegills are awefully tricky to pin down to a species sometimes I find. Especially the purple/red capped ones. There are so many that look alike. It could well be the Sickener, but I daren't take a nibble to find out!


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One helpful hint in identifying Russula sp is to ascertain how far the cap peels if any, eg none, a quarter etc. I am studied fungi for over 50 years and I am now in my late 70s. I try a small piece of Russula emetica when I am uncertain of the species. Just chew a very small piece for two seconds then spit it out. Do not chew until the effect is felt. It is a common occurrence to taste many species but you need to know which are dangerous.