AppearanceCap: 3-10 cm; at first convex; becoming flat, with a shallow central depression, or vase-shaped; dry or slightly sticky; the margin naked, sometimes lined in age; bald; zoned with concentric bands of vinaceous red and pale pink, but soon fading to pinkish buff; sometimes more spotted than zoned; bruising green.
Gills: Attached to the stem or running slightly down it; nearly distant; vinaceous red and typically remaining so longer than the cap; bruising and spotting green.
Stem: 3-8 cm long; 0.5-1.5 cm thick; colored like the cap or paler; more or less equal; sometimes spotted or pitted; becoming hollow.
Flesh: Whitish to pink; staining red, and eventually green.
Milk: Deep red; scanty.
Odor and Taste: Odor not distinctive; taste mild to faintly peppery.
DistributionFairly widely distributed in the upper Midwest, the Appalachians, and northeastern North America.
HabitatMycorrhizal with eastern hemlock and perhaps with other conifers; growing alone, scattered, or gregariously; summer and fall
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