Mushroom identification


Russula fungi stand out due to their striking colours and prominent appearance. The gills and flesh are brittle, the gills white or creamy and the stem does not have a ring or partial veil. They are however famously hard to distinguish. When it comes to identifying them, only about 5% of the world's 750 or so brittlegills can be identified on sight with any degree of confidence.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them, and click on the captions to see the details and additional pictures. Remember that comparing the mushroom's likeness to a photograph is not a sufficient identification method. Always check all the characteristics to confirm the identification. « Go back to the start of the identification

Many mushrooms are poisonous and some are lethally poisonous. It can be very difficult to distinguish between an edible and a poisonous mushroom. Because of that, we strongly advise against consuming wild mushrooms, and this site does not contain any information about the edibility or toxicity of mushrooms.

Although efforts have been made to ensure accuracy on this website, the information may contain errors and omissions. Therefore, the information presented here is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as any basis for consuming any plants or mushrooms.