Purple Brittlegill - Russula atropurpurea


Cap 4 to 10 cm. This is a dark wine coloured fungus, usually having a darker, almost black centre. It is at first convex, but later flattens, and often has a shallow depression. The stalk (stipe) is firm and white, greying with age and the gills are cream. The flesh is said to smell of apples.

Identification difficulty

Associated with deciduous trees especially Oak.

When to see it

Late summer and autumn

UK Status

Quite common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly 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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