Beautiful Russula

(Russula pulchra)

Conservation Status
Beautiful Russula
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

not listed

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Beautiful Russula is a common, large, brightly colored mushroom. It is found on the ground in hardwood and mixed hardwood and coniferous forests from July to September. It grows on the roots of oaks and other hardwoods.

The cap is convex when young. As it ages it flattens and sometimes develops a shallow depression at the center. It is scarlet to pinkish red, dull, sticky, and 2 to 4 in diameter. It develops a cracked surface with age. The skin peels only near the margin, and with difficulty.

The gills are white, well spaced, and attached to the stem.

The stem is fairly smooth, white, often flushed with pink, 1¼ to 4 tall, and to 1 in diameter.

The flesh is white. Like all Russulas, it is brittle, not fibrous, leading to the common name for this genus, Brittlegill. If you hold the stem and push up on the cap, the cap will snap off cleanly. The taste is mild.

The spores are pale cream in color.

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Russula flavisiccans stem is never flushed with pink. The taste is somewhat bitter and unpleasant.  
     
 
Habitat and Hosts
 
 

Mycorrhizal with oaks and other hardwoods

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Season

 
 

July to September

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 29, 30.

 
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Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Division Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subdivision Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Russulales  
  Family Russulaceae (milkcaps, brittlegills, and allies)  
  Genus Russula (brittlegills)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
     
       
 

Common Names

 
 

Beautiful Russula

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Mycorrhizal

A symbiotic, usually beneficial relationship between a fungus and the tiny rootlets of a plant, usually a tree.

       
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Lisa Tenter
       

Found one mushroom in leaf litter in deeply shaded area in heavily wooded area.

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Grace Carlson
       

there are two mushrooms, one growing in the middle of a path covered with small pebbles and one growing in the leaf litter. It’s currently 88° outside.

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Cassandra Lenhard
       
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Kimberly Muenchow
       

the perfect red mushroom

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Lisa Tenter
8/16/2020

Location: Dent, MN (Ottertail County)

Found one mushroom in leaf litter in deeply shaded area in heavily wooded area.

Beautiful Russula


Carrie Schunk
9/29/2018

Location: Lake County

Beautiful Russula


Grace Carlson
9/15/2018

Location: Rice County, MN
Latitude: 44.424597
Longitude: -93.334006

there are two mushrooms, one growing in the middle of a path covered with small pebbles and one growing in the leaf litter. It’s currently 88° outside.

Beautiful Russula


Cassandra Lenhard
8/11/2018

Location: railroad trail between Taylor's Falls MN and Interstate State Park (MN)

Beautiful Russula


Kimberly Muenchow
7/1/2018

Location: Afton, MN

the perfect red mushroom

Beautiful Russula


Gregg
6/27/2018

Location: SE Rochester, Minnesota

One lone mushroom.  Very Magenta Red.


Kirk Nelson
8/14/2017

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Beautiful Russula


     
     
 
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Created: 7/2/2018

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