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Purple Russula sp.

Russula sp. (possibly R. purpureoflava)


Purple-capped agaric mushroom. Approximately 5-6 cms in diameter and height, with very neat yellowish-white gills. Stipe was same colour, and no ring. Rounded, convex cap (which flattens with age), and smooth margin. Flesh beneath skin on cap was also white. Only a few specimens found in area. Growing amongst eucalyptus leaf litter.


Bungoona Track in Bald Rock National Park, NSW. Native eucalypt forest.

1 Species ID Suggestions

AngelSeven 5 years ago
Purple Brittlegill
Russula atropurpurea

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Beautiful specimen. Very nice photos.

AngelSeven 5 years ago

I didn't know that Russula atropurpurea wasn't found in Australia, however Russula persanguinea is so maybe it's that one...!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

R.purpureoflava looks close.. cream gills not white and a pink tint on the stipe?

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Thanks, AngelSeven and Mark. I'll try to narrow down the exact species.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Definitely Russula but R.atropurpurea is not found in Australia.

AngelSeven 5 years ago

Although the photo on wikipedia doesn't match in the purple colour other photos I've seen do match in colour the colour varies but the gills do match...!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jun 2, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2015

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