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Wrinkled Peach

Inedible Inedible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

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.

Mushroom Type
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.
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5
Average Cap width (CM) 6
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

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.

Gills

Pink, fairly crowded and adnate to almost free. The gills do not all reach the stem from the cap edge

Stem

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.

Flesh

The flesh is pale pink and quite rubbery.

Habitat

Prefers dead and rotting elm but will grow on other hardwoods.

Possible Confusion

It would be difficult to confuse this mushroom with any other in the UK.

Spore Print

Cream to pink. Spherical with protruding warts.

Frequency

Fairly rare.

Other Facts

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.

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