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Russula cf. cyanoxantha


The cap of Russula cyanoxantha is 4-15 cm; convex when young, becoming broadly convex to flat with a shallow depression; dry or slightly moist; smooth, but often finely veined in radial patterns; pinkish purple to green or olive green--or with these and other shades mottled; the margin usually not lined; the skin peeling about halfway to the center. The gills are attached or slightly running down the stem; close or nearly distant; not forking, or forking occasionally; white; when young soft, greasy, and flexible (un-Russula-like in this regard). Stems are 5-13 cm long; 1-3 cm thick; white, but occasionally flushed with lilac; brittle; dry; smooth.


Particularly common in broadleaf woodland containing oaks and beech but also found with conifers. In common with other members of the Russulaceae, Russula cyanoxantha is an ectomycorrhizal mushroom.


No definite identification, so suggestions are more than welcome. Spotted in a broadleaf forest near Gortel, Veluwe, Holland. (sources: see reference)

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Emst, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 5, 2020
Submitted on Oct 7, 2020

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