Russula velutipes    Velen. 

common name(s) : Dawn Brittlegill 

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

synonyms: Russula rosea ss.Quel, Russula aurora 

edibility : discard

photo gallery of  Russula velutipes
photo gallery of  Russula velutipes potential confusions with  Russula velutipes toxicity of Russula velutipes genus Russula  

The cap is red to rose, discoloured to yellowish patches; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white sometimes washed with reddish, without ring.

The flesh is unchanging; its taste is mild to bitter; the odour is minty; its texture is grainy (breaking like a chalk stick).

The gills are yellowish, free, crowded . The spore print is pale cream. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved woods, on a rather acid or calcareous (depending on authors) soil, most of the time with beech.

The fruiting period takes place from July to October.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 8 cm (between 4 and 12 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 4 and 13 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 10 and 40 mm)

Chemical tests : reaction to Ga´ac almost negative on stem, blue on gills;.

Distinctive features : matt cap surface, rather pinkish towards margin and yellowish towards centre; gills becoming soon yellowish; white flesh, moderately firm; bitter taste; very forked gills, with cream to yellowish colour;

Russula velutipes is infrequent and scattered in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Russula velutipes in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Russula velutipes in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18