Russula nobilis Velen., 1920
Syn. : Russula mairei Sing, 1929; Russula fageticola (Melzer) Lundell, 1956
Common names: Beechwood sickener, Beechwood Brittlegill [En], Russule du hêtre, Russule émétique des hêtres, Russule noble [Fr], Stevige braakrussula [Nl], Buchen-Spei-Täubling [De]
Tervuren, BRABANT ● Belgium
Taxonomy: Formely R. mairei and R. fageticola has been recently re-classified as synonym of R. nobilis.
Description: The cap is red, 3.5–8.5 cm wide, convex to flat, or slightly depressed, and weakly sticky. It peels only to a third of its radius, which reveals pinkish flesh. It is often damaged by slugs. The stem is (3.5)5–9 cm long, (0.7)1–2.5 cm wide, cylindrical, (firmer than its conifer dwelling namesake, Russula emetica), and white. The gills are narrowly spaced, adnexed, rounded, and white, often with a faint blue-green sheen. The spore print is white.
Biology: Can be seen from July to October.
Habitat: The species is mycorrhizal with beech (Fagus) in woodland areas.
Caution: Inedible species.
Wikipedia, Russula nobilis