Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales Family: Russulaceae
Species: Russula atropurpurea (Krombh.) Britzelm.
Synonyms: Agaricus atropurpureus
Russula atropurpurea var. krombholzii
Russula depallens var. atropurpurea
Russula krombholzii
Russula undulata
Common Name: Purple Brittlegill


An ectomycorrhizal species
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Russula atropurpureaPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Quercus (24)
Fagus sylvatica (16)
Quercus petraea (11)
Quercus robur (4)
Quercus ilex (2)
Fraxinus excelsior (1)
Castanea sativa (1)
Pinus sylvestris (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Parkland and scattered trees (12)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (7)
Woodland: mixed (6)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (5)
Woodland (3)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation, high forest (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural, high forest (2)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (2)
Built up area, domestic (1)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (1)
Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (1)
Scrub (1)
Woodland: broadleaved (1)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (1)
Woodland: mixed, plantation, high forest (1)
Woodland: plantation (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil (20)
Soil Leaves (14)
Soil Grassy (12)
Soil Mossy (9)
Months recorded in & number of records:
March (2)
August (14)
September (42)
October (31)
November (2)
December (1)