Russula cyanoxantha Russulaceae Charcoal Burner

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Russula cyanoxantha, Charcoal Burner A common Brittlegill, here and on mainland France and England. It grows in association with deciduous trees. The cap of this species is a grey-purple colour, but sometimes has areas of green or pink, distinctive once you know it. The gills and stipe are white. The flesh of this species is mild to the taste, and it is said to be one of the better edible Russulas. It is also quite large, the cap diameter reaching 10-14cm. Why the name? I cannot find out. It is not associated with burnt areas - perhaps charcoal burners ate it on hungry nights in the forest.

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