Stubby brittlegill

Russula brevipes

''Russula brevipes'' is a species of mushroom commonly known as the short-stemmed russula or the stubby brittlegill. It is widespread in North America, and was reported from Pakistan in 2006. The fungus grows in a mycorrhizal association with trees from several genera, including fir, spruce, Douglas-fir, and hemlock. Fruit bodies are white and large, with convex to funnel-shaped caps measuring 7–30 cm wide set atop a thick stipe up to 8 cm long. The gills on the cap underside are closely spaced and sometimes have a faint bluish tint. Spores are roughly spherical, and have a network-like surface dotted with warts.

The mushrooms of ''Russula brevipes'' often develop under masses of conifer needles or leaves of broadleaved trees, and fruit from summer to autumn. Forms of the mushroom that develop a bluish band at the top of the stipe are sometimes referred to as variety ''acrior''. Although edible, ''Russula brevipes'' mushrooms have a bland or bitter flavor. They become more palatable once parasitized by the ascomycete fungus ''Hypomyces lactifluorum'', a bright orange mold that covers the fruit body and transforms them into lobster mushrooms.

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