The Russulaceae are a diverse family of fungi in the order Russulales,
with roughly 1,900 known species and a worldwide distribution. They
include the genus Russula and the milk-cap mushrooms, some of which are
edible. Russulaceae have gilled mushrooms characterised by brittle
flesh. In addition to these typical agaricoid forms, the family contains
species with fruitbodies that are laterally stiped (pleurotoid), closed
(secotioid or gasteroid), or crust-like (corticioid). Molecular
phylogenetics has demonstrated close affinities between species with
very different fruitbody types and has discovered new, distinct
lineages. An important group of root-symbiotic Russulaceae fungi in
forests and shrublands around the world includes Lactifluus, Multifurca,
Russula, and Lactarius. The crust-forming genera Boidinia,
Gloeopeniophorella, and Pseudoxenasma, all wood-decay fungi, have basal
positions in the family.
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