Blood Red Russula (Russula rosacea)

19 August

Russula rosacea is a north temperate, some consider it edible other inedible, commonly found mushroom of the large “brittlegill” genus Russula.

The cap is convex when young, later flat, mostly bright cinnabar to carmine red; often with yellow spots and up to 10 cm in diameter. The gills are pale straw-yellow, brittle, and occasionally with a red edge at the rim of the cap. The spores are pale-cream. The stem is usually flushed carmine, but can be pure white. The flesh is hard and bitter tasting. This mushroom is commonly found in coniferous forests or near beech trees.