Russula queletii    Fr. 

common name(s) : Fruity Brittlegill 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Incertae sedis/Russulales/Russulaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Russulales/Russulaceae  

edibility : poisonous

potential confusions with  Russula queletii toxicity of Russula queletii genus Russula  

The cap is violet to purple red, Bordeaux, brown; its margin is striate when mature. The cap surface is smooth.

The stem is violet pink, carmine red, without ring.

The flesh is unchanging; its taste is acrid; the odour is of applesauce; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick).

The gills are cream, adnate to decurrent, crowded . The spore print is bright yellow to pale ochre. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in coniferous woods, on a rather calcareous soil, with pine, spruce.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 12 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 15 mm (between 6 and 25 mm)

Chemical tests : flesh becoming salmon pink when in contact with iron sulphate; positive reaction to Ga´ac (pale blue); strong purple reaction of cap cystidia to sulpho-vanillin.

Distinctive features : in the mountains; extremely rare in low grounds

Russula queletii is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Russula queletii in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Russula queletii in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18