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Russula Capensis

   (Family: Russulaceae)
   
Common name: Brittle Caps EDIT
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Edibility: EDIT Edible
Size: 40 - 100 mm
Colour:
Purplish red (Vinaceous)
Spore bearing structure:   Gills
Spore colour:
Cream or yellowish
Medicinal:  
Smell / taste: Edible with a mild mushroomy taste.
Fruiting season: winter
General info: EDIT
Colour varies from a pinky purple through to a deep purplish red. They are typically common, fairly large, and brightly colored - making them one of the most recognizable genera among mycologists and mushroom collectors. Their distinguishing characteristics include a white to dark yellow spore print, brittle free white gills.
 
Pileus (Cap) / Gill: EDIT
Pileus (Cap) shape: convex
Pileus (Cap) decorations: glabrous
Gill attachment: free
Gill has decurrent tooth:  
Gill spacing: crowded
 
  Pileus (Cap) / Gill info: EDIT
  Convex with central depression.
Gills protrude slightly beyond margin.
 
 
Stem: EDIT
Stem shape: tapering to base
Stem base: tapering
Annulus: none
 
  Stem info: EDIT
  Short 30-60mm long tapering from apex solid with a pithy texture. The Stem is white. There is no partial veil or volva tissue on the stem.
 
 
Habitat: Grows in woods
Habitat info: EDIT
Common under pines.
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References

 
  • H Levin, M Branch, S Rappoport,D Mitchell (1985), Mushrooms of South Africa, Struik  
  • Margo Branch, (2001), First field guide to mushrooms of Southern Africa, Struik  
 
 

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