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Chroogomphus rutilus (Schaeff.) O.K. MILL. 1964 Gomphidiaceae, Agaricales. (Wine-cap Chroogompus (?), Мокруха пурпуровая).

Cap: 3-8cm, rounded or convex up to broadly convex minor flat, very rare sunken; sometimes indistinct knob; color is dull-pink or light purple with pink-yellow margin (minor center); then brownish-purple or grayish-purple, purple with decay or drying or boiling. Cap surface is smooth and some slimy in wet weather. Flesh is light-yellow then purple (dirty yellow for stalk bottom).
Gills are attached and slightly descending, close and narrow and broad for old one; color from grayish-pink or light yellowish-gray up to brown-purple or dark dirty purple when old.
Spore print is dark gray, somewhat purplish.
Veil: partial veil membranous at very young mushrooms.
Stalk: 5-12cm long, yellow or dull yellow often with irregular light purple coloring; cutting color is darker to the bottom; 1.5-3cm thick, some enlarging to the centre and narrowing to the bottom that sometimes as a root; stalk has light annular groove under gills or looks as covered below this groove with a darker cover as a sock.
Edibility: not good, people take it when better kinds are absent (published tasty for some locations of Russia).
Habitat: scattered or single in moss in pine-tree forest with some birches.
Season: June – September.

Comments: photographs and descriptions of Chroogomphus vinicolor and Chroogomphus rutilus are very similar.


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Very old
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Young one.

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Chroogomphus rutilus (Schaeff.) O.K. MILL. 1964
By: Igor (Igor_Yevdokimov)
2014-10-18 17:17:18 CEST (+0200)

Comments: Purple cap, yellow stalk base, dark grey spore print as Chroogomphus rutilus. Most of Chroogomphus rutilus photos from from internet site on this kind (>100)are similar to my photos.
Photographs and descriptions of Chroogomphus vinicolor and Chroogomphus rutilus are very similar.

By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2013-11-22 03:39:21 CET (+0100)

I suspect these photos represent more than one species, but I think all of them are in the genus Chroogomphus. Is there any chance you can still get some fresh ones, dry them and send them for to me to look at under the microscope and possibly sequence?