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Scientific name: Russula lepida Fr.
Synonym: Russula rosacea (Pers. Ex S.F.) Gray
Common name: Sweet red columbine
Hat: 4-14 cm, fleshy, firm, first rounded, then convex and finally flat, a little pinkish carmine red, often has whitish discolored plaques, non-separable opaque and velvety cuticle, margin initially involute then flat.
slats: thick, narrow, fragile, often forked, softened to the stem, milky white, with cream reflex and sometimes slightly reddish thread.
Stem: 3-7 x 1.2-3.8 cm, hard, full, generally cylindrical, slightly colored red or entirely white.
Meat: white, cedar smell and bitter taste.
spore: pale cream.
Russula lepida (photo Arturo Baglivo www.actafungorum.org)
Edibility, habitat and observations
Relationship with the surrounding plant environment: symbiote mushroom.
It is found in coniferous and deciduous forests, in summer-autumn.
Mediocre edible for the resinous and astringent flavor (prebubbling required).