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synonyms: Birch Brittlegill, Birken Speitäubling, Nyírfa-galambgomba
Russula betularum Mushroom
Ref No: 8118
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Russula betularum2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8119
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location: Europe
edibility: Poisonous/Suspect
fungus colour: Yellow, Red or redish or pink
normal size: Less than 5cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
flesh: Flesh granular or brittle, Mushroom slimy or sticky
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Russula betularum Hora. Birken Speitäubling, Nyírfa galambgomba, Birch Brittlegill
Cap 2–5cm across, flattened convex, often with a central depression, deep rose or pink, but often paler and pale dull golden yellow to yellowish buff at the centre or even entirely so, sticky when moist, thin-fleshed, fragile, completely peeling; margin becoming furrowed and with small, low warts. Stem 25–65 x 5–10mm, cylindrical or narrow club-shaped, longer than the cap diameter, white, fragile. Flesh white, taste hot. Gills almost free, white, rather well-spaced; margin sometimes with small nicks. Spore print whitish (A). Spores ovoid with warts 0.5–0.7µ high, joined by fine lines to form a well-developed but incomplete network, 8–10 x 7.5–8µ. Cap cystidia cylindrical to strongly club-shaped, with 0–2 septa. Habitat under birch, often in damp places. Season summer to early autumn. Frequent. Poisonous. Found In Europe.

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Ashley Watson (United Kingdom) - 05 October 2010

Leicester, England , Oct 2010
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