NETTED RHODOTUS

Rhodotus palmatus
TRICHOLOMATACEAE FAMILY (Tricholomataceae)

Description
The cap of this mushroom is 2-6 inches wide. It is at first convex and then becomes flattened. It is clear pink at first and later peach to apricot colored (Photos B and C ). It is distinctly netted with ridges and pits (B and C). The stalk is 1-2 inches long with a flesh that is whitish tinged pink to orange. The gills are attached, close, moderately broad, thin with cross veins becoming pinkish Photo A).

Occurrence
This mushroom grows singly or more commonly in small groups on dead hardwood mostly maples in late spring into early fall. In Fontenelle Forest it has been found only in a couple of places in ravines at the sides of fallen logs.

Comments
The netted cap makes this mushroom a very distinctive species.

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