Public Description of Hygrophorus capreolarius (Kalchbr.) Sacc.

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Name: Hygrophorus capreolarius (Kalchbr.) Sacc.
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Taxonomic Classification:

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hygrophoraceae

General Description:

Pileus: 3-7 cm wide, convex with an inrolled margin, becoming flat, viscid, becoming dry in age, color from pink to wine red with purple fibers; flesh thick, whitish to concolorous with pellicle, odor and taste mild.

Gills: adnate to decurrent, subdistant, may be intervenose, thick, brittle pinkish, becoming concolorous with the cap; edges entire.

Stipe:4-10 cm long, 7-13 mm thick, dry, equal, or tapering down and subradicating at times, fibrillose, no partial veil, whitish, tinged reddish at first, then concolorous with the cap,

Diagnostic Description:

Hygrophorus purpurescens is similar. It has a partial veil and lighter coloration. Also similar is Hygrophorus erubescens which is paler and usually stains yellow when bruised on the stalk and flesh.


Europe and Asia, widely distributed across northern North America.


In moss or on the ground usually under spruce.

Look Alikes:

Hygrophorus purpurascens, Hygrophorus erubescens


Reported as edible.

North American species of Hygrophorus / L.R. Hesler [and] Alexander H. Smith


Hygrophorus capreolarius Kalchbr., Icon. Sel. Hymenomyc. Hung.: tab. 18, fig. 3 (1875)

Synonym: Hygrophorus purpureobadius Imai

Description author: walt sturgeon (Request Authorship Credit)
Description editor: Joseph D. Cohen