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This one has me stumped!

Observed: 8th July 2011 By: Mushroom LadyMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMushroom Lady’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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I saw this Russula last year in very swampy woodland with birch and willow (wooden walkways needed for pedestrian access). In fact, the last photo shows the same russula in the same location, photographed last October. It shows the gills becoming more cream coloured with age and the depression in the cap. I have never seen another russula with such a dark wine red cap and with the yellow/orange tones. Cap 7-10 cm. When I try to key it out most of the likely candidates seem to prefer conifers.


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jhn7's picture

Purple swamp brittlegill?

My book suggests Russula nitida can vary in colour including red hues and wine. The habitat is with birch and it likes damp places. Just a suggestion.

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anonymous spotter's picture

Could it be -

R. lepida? Phillips says beech, but also other deciduous trees.

Mushroom Lady's picture

I think you might be right.

I think you might be right. Phillips' online photo shows the deep red colour and he mentions the yellow discolouration. It wasn't in any of my books. Has it always been called R. lepida, or did it ever have another name?

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flaxton's picture

It is now called Russula

It is now called Russula rosea.


anonymous spotter's picture

I really ought -

to go through my books and pencil in all these name changes - when I have a month to spare!

flaxton's picture

If you wait a month they

If you wait a month they might have changed again.


Andy Overall's picture


I would put forward Russula velenovskyi the rich red and sunrise centre are good characteristics for this species. It also fruits with deciduous trees as hosts.

Andy Overall

Mushroom Lady's picture

That's interesting, Andy,

That's interesting, Andy, because I know that R. velenovskyi has been found and photographed by another member of our group, who has more facilities than I have to make a definite ID. I just didn't know that it could have the sunrise centre. I've only seen photos of it in the rich red colour. Thanks for your help.

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