Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Russulales Family: Russulaceae
Species: Russula nigricans (Bull.) Fr.
Synonyms: Agaricus elephantinus
Agaricus nigricans
Omphalia adusta elephantinus
Omphalia adusta elephantinus
Omphalia adusta elephantinus
Russula elephantina
Russula nigrescens
Common Name: Blackening Brittlegill


An ectomycorrhizal species
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Russula nigricansPhotographer:  David Mitchel
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Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
Fagus sylvatica (67)
Quercus (14)
Corylus avellana (13)
Quercus petraea (7)
Betula (5)
Tilia cordata x platyphyllos (2)
Beech (2)
Picea sitchensis (2)
Castanea sativa (1)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (1)
Betula pendula (1)
Quercus robur (1)
Russula nigricans (1)
Taxus baccata (1)
Tilia (1)
Pinus sylvestris (1)
Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (21)
Woodland: broadleaved (11)
Woodland: mixed (11)
Parkland and scattered trees (7)
Woodland (7)
Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (5)
Woodland: mixed, plantation (4)
Woodland: mixed, plantation, high forest (4)
Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (4)
Woodland: plantation (4)
Neutral grassland: semi-improved (3)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (3)
Boundaries: hedge with trees, species-rich (2)
Built up area, domestic (2)
Scrub (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, plantation, high forest (2)
Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural, high forest (2)
Woodland: coniferous (2)
Woodland: coniferous, plantation (2)
Acid grassland: unimproved (1)
Bog (1)
Boundaries: defunct hedge (1)
Grassland: acidic, unimproved, lowland (1)
Grassland: calcareous, semi-improved, upland (1)
Marginal/inundation: marginal (1)
Neutral grassland (1)
Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
Soil (46)
Soil Leaves (29)
Soil Mossy (23)
Soil Grassy (16)
Leaf Litter (2)
Acer pseudoplatanus (1)
Larch (Larix) (1)
Quercus rubra (1)
Months recorded in & number of records:
March (2)
July (3)
August (34)
September (78)
October (56)
November (8)
December (3)