|Hygrophorus russula (Pers.) Wünsche|
The cap is whitish then soon vinaceous pink or purple, convex to expanded to flat or depressed, often gibbous and thick-massive; its margin is inrolled for a long time. The cap surface is smooth then fibrillose, the vinaceous-purple fibrils or blotches on a lighter background giving it a scaly appearance, slightly viscid or stick when damp, drying matt.The stem is whitish, short, stained with vinaceous red blotches or fibrils, non viscid, without ring. The flesh is white to pinkish with age; its taste is mild to bitterish; the odour is faint, pleasant, fruity or of grass; its texture is fibrous. The gills are white, then stained with vinaceous red, adnate to slightly decurrent, crowded, narrow . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved woods, on a rather calcareous soil, with beech, oak, evergreen oak. The fruiting period takes place from July to December.
Distinctive features : Large species looking like a brittlegill; whitish cap soon stained with vinaceous pink fibrils or blotches, not very viscid; short stem, concolorous with cap, non viscid; crowded and adnate gills, white then stained vinaceous red; in decideous woods on calcareous soils, privileging southern Europe
Hygrophorus russula is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is quite rare, more generally speaking .
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