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Powdery Brittlegill

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The powdery nature of the caps of this mushroom make it one of the slightly easier Russulas to identify.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Powdery Brittlegill
Scientific Name Russula parazurea
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Grey, blue sometimes with a hint of green or even a violet tinge around the edge of the cap with a matt finish. Can feel a bit greasy when wet. The powdery bloom can wash off in older mushrooms.

Gills

Gills white to cream and attached to the stem. Crowded. Brittle to the touch.

Stem

White and when snapped feels a bit like chalk.

Flesh

White and quite firm.

Habitat

Broad leaved woodland especially oak or beech and occasionally with pine.

Possible Confusion

OtherĀ  grey Russulas like the Charcoal Burner, pictured, but these are edible if tested with the taste test, see identifying Russulas. The distinctive ‘powdery’ matt cap helps with the identification of this mushroom.

Spore Print

Pale cream. Subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Mushroomy, mild but can be slightly hot .

Frequency

Fairly common.

Other Facts

The Russula family split from other mushrooms, evolutionarily, many years ago and have round cells instead of most other living organisms which have elongated cells, this gives Russulas the common name Brittlegills as the cells make the mushroom brittle.

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