Plums and Custard
A beautiful looking mushroom that can grow in large numbers on the forest floor. It is considered to be edible by some but is too bitter to enjoy and is best just admired. It has also been reported that some people can have an adverse reaction to consuming this mushroom.
|Plums and Custard (EN), Eirin a Chwstard (CY), Rycerzyk Czerwonozłoty (PL), Bársonyos Fapereszke (HU)
|Average Mushroom height (CM)
|Average Cap width (CM)
The cap is yellow beneath the purple to red covering of tiny scales. The off colour semi-circle at the top of the image is staining from the spores of an overlapping cap.
On rotting conifer stumps and roots or fallen conifer trees. Can occasionally be found on broad leaf tree stumps.
Looks similar to the closely related Prunes and Custard, Tricholomopsis decora, but it is a rare find in the UK and is paler and more yellow to golden in colour.
Taste / Smell
This mushroom is saprobic meaning it lives off rotting organic matter, in this case mainly rotting conifer wood.