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Russula cf. cyanoxantha


Genus Russula consists of around 750 species. They are typically common, fairly large, and brightly coloured. Their distinguishing characteristics include a white to dark yellow spore print, brittle free white gills, and an absence of partial veil or volva tissue on the stem. The most salient characteristic of R. Cyanoxantha is the weak gills, which feel greasy to the touch, are flexible and do not break. The cap is 4–15 cm wide, convex at first and later flattened, and greenish to bright brown (they vary considerably in color). The stipe is pure white, slightly convex underneath, up to 10 cm in height and 1.5–2.5 cm in diameter. The spores are pure white. The stipe will give a green reaction when rubbed with iron salts (Ferrous Sulphate). Most other (but not all) russula species give a salmon reaction. Coupled with the gill flexibility this is a good diagnostic clue to species level.


Spotted in a chestnut-tree forest.


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/36; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired.

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arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks venusflytrap2000

CalebSteindel 6 years ago

nice shots, arlanda, love the angle!

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Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Oct 31, 2014
Submitted on Mar 26, 2015


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