Rusula pink (Russula rosea) photo and description

Rusula pink (Russula rosea)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
  • Order: Russulales
  • Family: Russulaceae (Russula)
  • Genus: Russula (Russula)
  • Species: Russula rosea (russula pink)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Russula beautiful


  • Russula beautiful

  • Russula lepida

  • Russula rosacea

  • Russula pink

Russula pink

External description

The cap of this mushroom is semi-circular, flat. There are no indentations of the cap. The edges are smooth. The skin of the cap is velvety, dry. In wet weather, a little mucus appears on it. The leg is regular, cylindrical, thick and very hard. The plates are frequent, very delicate, and largely change their color. The flesh of the mushroom is dense, but despite this it is fragile.

Beautiful russula has a changeable cap color. It ranges from red to deep pink. In the center of the cap, the shade is brighter and denser. The white leg of the mushroom can also take on a delicate pinkish tint.


The fungus is ubiquitous in the forests of Eurasia and North America. Its favorite forests are broadleaved, but it can often be found in coniferous forests. In addition, the beautiful russula lives in mountainous regions. Here his favorite place is the hillsides.

Most often you can find this mushroom in the summer-autumn time (from July to early October). In years with a sufficient moisture regime, it bears fruit quite actively. The mushroom is very desirable in the basket of lovers of quiet hunting.

Similar species and edibility

The beautiful russula is quite easy to confuse with other representatives of the family of red russula. However, his close relatives, trapped in a mushroom basket, will not spoil the hunt. This is all the more due to the fact that the taste of such a mushroom is very mediocre. To get rid of the bitter taste, the russula needs to be boiled for a long time. And some mushroom experts even classify it as conditionally edible and even poisonous. The mushroom is also suitable for salty consumption.