Hygrophorus purpurascens

Hygrophorus purpurascens (alb. & Schwein.) Fr. 1838

Similar to Hygrophorus russula in its streaking and wine-pink-red spotting of the caps, gills and stem. The flesh color is white. This waxy cap differs in having a pale white background color and in emerging from a cortina-like partial veil that leaves a few remnants on the stipe. These waxycaps are edible, although finding them is not easy. These were collected only once in twenty years during early October in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is associated with conifers. Hygrophorus russula is associated with hardwoods.