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Possibly Russula brunneoviolacea, another possibility might be R. cyanoxantha which can also look similar to this and there might be other Russulas similar too.
Or R parazurea.
Thanks, we really weren't sure about this one. How can you tell the difference between the three you mentioned?
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Yorkshire and Humber
Sarah (and anyone else interested)
With a little experience it is easy to identify to the Genus Russula. When you get that far you need to look for the identifying features for this family.
The colour of the spore print
size if the cap
the amount that the cap peels back
whether the gills are fragile or "rubbery"
whether it has a mild or hot taste.
Then it gets more serious with the reaction of the stem to FeSO4 and guiac gum.
With the suggestion for this find cyanozantha has the rubbery gills and a white spore print.
brunneoviolacea grows under oak parazurea under conifer.
By the way where can you get hold of FeSO4 crystal, have tried a variety of sources (at the uni here) but without success. have I asked you this before, have had suggestions about making your own I think.
Although I have the remnants of a small crystal I now tend to use a 10% acidic Ferrous Sulphate solution purchased through The Association of British Fungus Groups. It supplies most of the chemicals that are needed.
Thanks, will try them. Actually just remembered I did try them last year and you need to be a member before you can buy the reagents. Might be interesting to be a member of them and BMS at same time or if they are exclusive.
Not exclusive. I am a member of both. Unfortunately although members of each group get on well there is animosity between the upper echelons.
Thanks that is really helpful :o)
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