This beautiful mushroom likes to grow on dead and rotting elm so after the Dutch elm disease outbreak they became quite common, now it is fairly rare although it will grow on other hardwoods.
|Common Names||Wrinkled Peach, Rosy Veincap, Netted Rhodotus|
|Scientific Name||Rhodotus palmatus|
|Synonyms||Agaricus palmatus, Pleurotus palmatus, Crepidotus palmatus, Pleurotus palmatus, Agaricus phlebophorus var. reticulatus.|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||5|
|Average Cap width (CM)||6|
The cap starts convex and is covered in veins in an almost net like pattern and is quite gelatinous. It can vary in colour from pink/orange to salmon pink to red. As the mushroom matures the cap flattens out and can loose the veins becoming smooth.
Pink, fairly crowded and adnate to almost free. The gills do not all reach the stem from the cap edge
The stem is pink but covered in fine pale pink to white vertical fibres. Usually the stem grows horizontally from the wood and curves to vertical and can ‘bleed’ red blood like droplets. It can be slightly bulbous at the base.
It would be difficult to confuse this mushroom with any other in the UK.
Cream to pink. Spherical with protruding warts.
There are various reports on the edibility of this mushroom but we consider it inedible, as do the majority of guides, as it is bitter and rubbery.
The Wrinkled Peach is the only species of Rhodotus making it monotypic. There seemes to have been trouble when trying to designate this mushroom to a family as you can see from the many synonyms.