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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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17 July, 2012

Fragile Russula (Russula fragilis)

The Fragile Russula is one of the later species of the family appearing in late autumn and early winter. It is very common and appears in all kinds of woodland settings but with a distinct preference for birch which makes it common here in the damper Dorset woods where Silver Birch thrives. A lovely deep purple, flat cap with central dimple and with edging marks around the rim. It has quite a narrow stem for the size of the cap so it tends to fall over easily, hence the fragile russula.

It has a very hot, acid taste and best left alone.
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Find out more about the Fragile Russula in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Fragile%20Russula?...