Fragile Brittlegill - Russula fragilis

    Description

    The cap is 2 to 6 cm in diameter and is variable in colour between various shades of red and violet but more commonly purple and often having a blackish centre. The cap margin is usually grooved and the gill edges have a distinctive serrated appearance. Taste of flesh quite hot.

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    Habitat

    In broad-leaf woodland and sometimes also in coniferous woodland, preferring damp, well shaded places.

    When to see it

    August to October

    Life History

    Usually scattered and not in large groups

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map