The purple-red hygrophorus produces large white mushrooms, which are heavily marked with wine-red spots (4). The cap is broad and rounded; the margin may become upturned as the mushroom ages (2). The stem (or ‘stipe’) of the mushroom is round and solid, it is white and also develops red markings with age (4).
WARNING: many species of fungus are poisonous or contain chemicals that can cause sickness. Never pick and eat any species of fungus that you cannot positively recognise or are unsure about. Some species are deadly poisonous and can cause death within a few hours if swallowed.
- Cap diameter: 4 – 11 cm (2)
- Stem (stipe) height: 2 – 9 cm (2)