Russula rosacea (Pers.) Gray
Family: Russulaceae
Rose-Red Russula
Russula rosacea image
National Mushroom Centre  
Mata, M., D. Penjor and S. Pradham. 2010. Fungi of Bhutan. National Mushroom Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Local name: No local name known

Edibility: Inedible

Habitat: Solitary, scattered, or gregariously and terrestrial.

Description: Cap: 2-10 cm in diameter, convex when young and becoming broadly convex to flatat maturity, sometimes with a shallow depression and sticky when fresh or wet, fairly smooth, dark to bright red but sometimes fading in age, the margin not lined or merely slightly lined at maturity, the skin fairly adnate and peeling only at the margin. Hymenophore: Gills attached to the stem or running slightly down, close, white when young but soon creamy to yellowish. Stem: 2-8cm tall and up to2 cm thick, firm, con-coloured to the cap or paler or flushed red over a white base colour, dry and fairly smooth. Flesh: White and unchanging when sliced. Spore Print: Creamy to yellowish or orange-yellow.

Comments:  One of our prettiest mushrooms in the forest is Russula rosacea, the Rosy russula is easy to identify by its red cap, rosy pink stem, brittle flesh, and acrid taste. Russula silvicola is similar, but has a white stem and a white spore print.