Russula meleagris cap (Photo: Bart Buyck)
Russula meleagris Buyck
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
About this species
The genus Russula is one of the largest within the order Russulales. It was described in 1797 by the South African scientist Christian Hendrik Persoon – the ‘Prince of Mycologists’. Despite his African roots, Persoon worked mainly on the temperate species of this genus. There have been many new species of Russula described from Africa in the last 25 years, and many others will probably be found.
Russula meleagris was described in 1988 by Buyck and has been depicted on a stamp in Burundi. The species name ‘meleagris’ means guinea fowl and refers to the light-dark pattern on the cap which resembles the plumage of a guinea fowl.