Russula atropurpurea

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Russula atropurpurea

October 2001 Berkshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Purple Black Russula

Cap

Convex, then flattened, or depressed, smooth, purple, almost black at the centre, to about 10 cm across

Gills

Adnexed, broad, whitish

Stem

Cylindrical, whitish, then greyish with age

Flesh

Firm, brittle, white

Smell

Slight, of apples

Taste

Hot

Season

Summer to autumn

Distribution

Very common

Habitat

In woods, usually with deciduous trees especially oak and beech

Spore Print

Whitish

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with warts and ridges (7-9) x (6-7) µm2

Edibility

Edible but must be cooked