Russula violeipes Quél. (1898) Velvet Brittlegill. 25th August 2013

Quite a few fungi fruit early in the season and have disappeared by the main autumn fruiting. This is typical of Russula violeipes, the Velvet Brittlegill. An uncommon species of fungus and rarely recorded from Wyre Forest. Typically it occurs with beech trees, often on the edge of a forest ride but it may also be found with oak. The pale yellow cap and white stipe with a violet flush is quite distinctive and normally makes them immediately recognizable. The gills are brittle and break hence the name ‘brittle gills’.