Scientific name: Tricholomopsis rutilans (Schaeffer:Fries)
Derivation of name: Rutil- means "ruddy" or "warm red" and
refers to the cap coloration.
Synonyms: Tricholoma rutilans
Common name(s): Plums and custard; Variegated
Tricholomopsis; Variegated mop.
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; solitary or in
clusters on and around decaying conifer wood; May through
Dimensions: Caps 5-12 cm wide; stipes 4-10 cm long and 1-
2.5 cm thick.
Cap: Red to purplish-red to yellowish-brown scales and fibers
over a yellowish ground color; dry.
Gills: Attached; yellow.
Spore print: White.
Stipe: Colored like the cap.
Edibility: Edible but not recommended.
Comments: Pine wood is a common substrate.
More information at RogersMushrooms.com:
Tricholomopsis rutilans. Photo © John
Figure 2. Can
you see why it's called plums and custard?
Photo © William Roody.
Figure 3. An older specimen brought in during a foray. As
the mushroom matures, the purplish-red
fibers of the
young caps are separated, revealing the yellow color of
the underlying flesh. Photo © Gary Emberger.