Violet row (Lepista irina) photo and description

Violet row (Lepista irina)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
  • Genus: Lepista (Lepista)
  • View: Lepista irina (Violet row)


Lepista violet

Violet row


Large, fleshy, 5 to 15 cm in diameter, shape - from cushion in young mushrooms to open, with uneven edges, in adult specimens; often uneven. Color - from whitish, matte, to pinkish-brown, often darker in the center than on the periphery. The flesh of the cap is thick, white, dense, with a pleasant floral (not perfumery) smell and a sweetish taste.


Frequent, free (or even noticeably not reaching the massive stem), in young mushrooms they are whitish, then, as the spores develop, turn pink.

Spore powder:



Massive, 1-2 cm in diameter, 5-10 cm high, slightly widened towards the base, whitish or pinkish-cream. The surface of the leg is covered with vertical strokes characteristic of many representatives of the genus Lepista, which, however, are not always noticeable enough. The pulp is fibrous, tough.


The violet row is an autumn mushroom, found in September-October simultaneously with the purple row, Lepista nuda, and often in the same places, preferring the thinned edges of forests, both coniferous and deciduous. Grows in rows, circles, groups.

Similar species:

The violet ryadovka can be confused with the white form of a smoky talker (Clitocybe nebularis), but that one has plates descending along the leg, a cotton loose pulp and a vulgar perfumery (not floral) smell. Long-term frosts, however, can discourage all odors, and then Lepista irina can get lost among dozens of other species, even among the stinking white rowers (Tricholoma album).


Positive . Lepista irina is a good edible mushroom, at the level of the purple row. If, of course, the eater is not embarrassed by the slight violet smell, which persists even after heat treatment.


Anyone else, but for me Lepista irina - everything is equal that a purple row without violet. Somehow this “non-violetness” was compensated by the increased size, fleshiness and massiveness. Exceptionally gastronomic mushroom, pleasant in appearance, smell and taste. These are also needed.

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