|gills on hymenium|
|cap is convex|
|hymenium is decurrent|
|stipe is bare|
|spore print is ochre|
|ecology is mycorrhizal|
The cap is convex to depressed and is coloured a distinctive bloody red, pink, crimson or purple. Sometimes it may show a yellowish or orange tinge in the centre. It may measure between 6 and 20 cm in diameter. The flesh is white with a mild taste and without scent; it quickly becomes soft and spongy and also greyish. The crowded gills are cream coloured when young, and become yellow with age. They are adnexed and are generally thin. Their edges may sometimes occur reddish. The amyloid, elli spores measure 8–10 by 7–10 μm are warty and are covered by an incomplete mesh. The stem is white, sometimes with a pink hue, slightly clubbed. It may measure 5 to 15 cm in height and up to 3 cm in diameter.
Distribution, ecology and habitat
- Bon, Marcel (1987). The Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and North Western Europe. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-39935-X.
- Pegler, David N. (1981). Pocket Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-85533-366-9.
- Lindsey, J.K. "Russula paludosa". Ecology of Commanster.
- Garnweidner, Edmund (1994). Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Collins. ISBN 978-0-261-67406-6.
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