Mokruha purple (Chroogomphus rutilus) photo and description

Purple peel (Chroogomphus rutilus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Boletales
  • Family: Gomphidiaceae (Gomphidia or Wet)
  • Genus: Chroogomphus (Chroogomphus)
  • Species: Chroogomphus rutilus (Mokrukha purple)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Pine Mokruha
  • Mucous mucosa
  • Mokruha is shiny
  • Mokruha purple
  • Yellow-legged wet skin

Other names:

  • Mucous mucosa

  • Mokruha is shiny

  • Yellow-legged wet skin

  • Mokruha purple

  • Pine Mokruha

  • Yellowleg copper-red

  • Gomphidius viscidus
  • Gomphidius rutilus

 Mokruha purple

Mokrukha purple ( lat.Chroogomphus rutilus ) is an edible mushroom of the Mokrukh family.

External description


The diameter of the purple cap is 4-8 cm, at a young age it is neat, rounded with a blunt tubercle, with age it opens to a prostrate and even funnel-shaped. Color - peculiar, brown-lilac, with a wine-red tint; in young specimens, the central part is colored purple; with age, the color becomes more uniform. The surface is smooth, very slimy when young, especially in wet weather. The pulp is thick, lilac-pinkish, without any special smell or taste.


Wide, reaching to the leg, in youth mauve, with age they acquire a dirty brown, almost black color. In young specimens, the plates are covered with a mucous, private veil of lilac-brown color.

Spore powder:

Dark brown, almost black.


The height of the stem of the purple moss is 5-10 cm, the thickness is 0.5-1.5 cm, often - curved, at the base it usually narrows somewhat. The color is the same as that of the cap, but somewhat lighter; the surface of the leg is silky, with ring-shaped remnants of a private veil, which become hardly noticeable at maturity. The pulp is fibrous, purple-red, bright yellow at the base.


Mokrukha purple grows from early August to late September in pine forests and in forests with an admixture of pine. In addition to pine, Chroogomphus rutilus forms mycorrhiza with cedar and birch. Occurs in small groups, relatively infrequently.

Similar species

At a respectable age, as well as in wet weather, all mokruhs are similar to each other. Spruce peel (Gomphidius glutinosus) cooperates, respectively, with spruce, and is distinguished by the bluish color of the cap. Pink bough (Gomphidius roseus) is easily distinguished from Chroogomphus rutilus by its bright pink cap and lighter plates.


Normal edible mushroom.


It's funny to see how the perception of a mushroom changes depending on where it actually grows. Spruce moss in a gloomy bearded spruce forest - a gray monster, swollen with mucus and boasting of its own uselessness; a light, dry pine forest, which has grown purple moss on its litter, paints this mushroom in elegant and slightly frivolous tones. It is very easy to believe here that mokrukhs are close relatives of boletus; and even mucus, it seems, is no longer mucus, but simply "butter". However, I still don't want to collect them: alien, completely alien mushrooms, alien and not similar to anything tasty.