Rhodocybe gemina

Tan Pinkgill


Scarce, commoner in some years.

Meaning rose head.





Meaning twin or paired.


Some authors use the name Clitopilus gemina. A species that is not well illustrated in the mainstream field guides. Once seen and identified it is quite easy to identify. When fresh it appears quite 'dry' but when wet it becomes quite dark and almost looks like a different species. It can grow in single fruitbodies but often they fuse together and look almost clumped. 


Pleasant, slightly of fruit.


Summer to Autumn.

Habitat & Distribution

In mixed woodlands, gardens and on woodchip. Rare across the UK but probably under recorded. In some years we encounter this species in many locations, then go years without seeing it. 


Some authors say edible, others say suspect, it is too rare to warrant picking for the pot anyway. 

Confusion Species


4.5-7 x 3-4.5μm, seen here in Meltzer's Reagent, broadly ellipsoidal and angular, small irregular warts.

Spore Print Colour

Pale Pink.

Good specimens are quite distinctive. Some of the Entolomas (Pinkgills) may look similar.

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