Birch Brittlegill - Russula betularum


It is a small deicate species, seldom more than about 4 cm diameter and it is bright pink, soon developing white patches, and often ending up pure white. The flesh tastes very hot and a sure-fire test is to peel the cap skin carefully when it comes off complete you are looking at Russula betularum. The stem is typically longer than the diameter of the cap. The gills are white and well spaced.

Identification difficulty

Usually found with Birch trees and often grows in damp places in woodland.

When to see it

Appears in summer and early autumn.

Life History

Strongly associated with Birch.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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