Russula pulchra

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Russula pulchra

NatureServe

not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Season

July to September

Habitat/Hosts

Mycorrhizal with oaks and other hardwoods


Identification

This 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.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources 7, 24, 29, 30.


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Taxonomy

Division:

Basidiomycota (club fungi)

 

Subdivision:

Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)

 

Class:

Agaricomycetes (mushroom-forming fungi)

 

No Rank:

Agaricomycetes incertae sedis

 

Order:

Russulales

 

Family:

Russulaceae

 
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Common
Names

None


 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

mycorrhizal

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

       

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Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

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