Beautiful Russula

(Russula pulchra)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

Beautiful Russula

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

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

Beautiful Russula

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Mycorrhizal

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

       
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Found one mushroom in leaf litter in deeply shaded area in heavily wooded area.

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Grace Carlson
       

there are two mushrooms, one growing in the middle of a path covered with small pebbles and one growing in the leaf litter. It’s currently 88° outside.

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Kimberly Muenchow
       

the perfect red mushroom

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Lisa Tenter
8/16/2020

Location: Dent, MN (Ottertail County)

Found one mushroom in leaf litter in deeply shaded area in heavily wooded area.

Beautiful Russula


Carrie Schunk
9/29/2018

Location: Lake County

Beautiful Russula


Grace Carlson
9/15/2018

Location: Rice County, MN
Latitude: 44.424597
Longitude: -93.334006

there are two mushrooms, one growing in the middle of a path covered with small pebbles and one growing in the leaf litter. It’s currently 88° outside.

Beautiful Russula


Cassandra Lenhard
8/11/2018

Location: railroad trail between Taylor's Falls MN and Interstate State Park (MN)

Beautiful Russula


Kimberly Muenchow
7/1/2018

Location: Afton, MN

the perfect red mushroom

Beautiful Russula


Gregg
6/27/2018

Location: SE Rochester, Minnesota

One lone mushroom.  Very Magenta Red.


Kirk Nelson
8/14/2017

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Beautiful Russula


     
     
 
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Created: 7/2/2018

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