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Russula nigricans
blackening brittlegill, blackening Russula

Distribution: Broad Widespread in Northern Hemisphere

Conservation Status: Not of concern


a large, hard mushroom, with brownish or blackish brown cap and flesh that turns red when bruised; it blackens almost completely in age. The spores are white and the taste is mild to slightly acrid.

Identification Notes:

It is distinguished from similar species, such as R. adusta and R. densifolia by its widely spaced gills.

Accepted Name:
Russula nigricans Fr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Russula nigricans in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Russula nigricans photos.

3 photographs:
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