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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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