Tricholomopsis rutilans (Schaeff.) Singer
Family: Tricholomataceae
Plums and Custard
Tricholomopsis rutilans 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:Consider edible by some but not recommended.

Habitat: Solitary to gregarious and most of the time it is found at the base of the trees or near the decayed logs where there is lots of fresh humus. 

Description: Cap: 4–10 cm across, convex to bell-shaped when young and expands often with a low broad umbo, yellow densely covered in reddish-purple downy scales, more densely covered at the centre. Hymenophore: Slightly decurrent gills which is rich egg-yellow. Stem: 3-5cm tall, con-colour to the cap but to a much lesser extent. Flesh: Pale yellow or cream coloured. Spore Print: White.

Comments: With its large stature, reddish-purple cap and contrasting yellow gills, Tricholomopsis rutilans is one of our most handsome mushrooms. It fruits in conifer woods, but is infrequent in some years.  Despite its inviting appearance, Tricholomopsis rutilans has no redeeming culinary value.