Paxillus rubicundulus

Alder Rollrim

Status:

Uncommon to Scarce

Meaning peg or small stake.

Cap:

7-10cm

Stem:

3-5cm

Meaning somewhat ruddy.

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Description

A distinct member of the Paxillus family, with its habit of growing exclusively with Alder (Alnus) in damp places, scaly cap and bruising red-brown making it easy to identify. The size of the spores of this species are also smaller than other members of the family.  

Smell

Not distinctive, but pleasant. 

Season

Late Summer to Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

Found with Alder (Alnus) usually near to water such as stream sides and pond edges. Usually in small groups. 

Edibility

Likely Poisonous. Other members of this family are known to be deadly poisonous.

Confusion Species

Spores 

5.5-7.5 x 3.5-5µ, smooth, kidney-shaped to broadly ellipsoid.

Spore Print Colour

Ranges between pale rust and red-brown.

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Other members of the Paxillus family are similar. The habitat, scaly cap and the strong changing of colour especially in the gills make it straight forward to separate from other commoner Rollrims.