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Gomphidius subroseus Kauffman

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Scientific name
Gomphidius subroseus
Common names
IUCN Specialist Group
Mushroom, Bracket and Puffball
Assessment status
Assessment date
IUCN Red List Category
Siegel, N.
Dahlberg, A.

Assessment Notes

The content on this page is fetched from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/198477726/198488714


Gomphidius subroseus is a very common species, especially in young Douglas Fir forests of the Pacific Northwest of North America and northern California. No decline has been recorded and it is listed as Least Concern (LC).

Taxonomic notes

It was originally described from Oregon, USA (Kauffman 1925).

Geographic range

This species is widespread across western North America, roughly following the coastal and Sierra Nevada distribution of Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) in California, USA, north through Oregon and Washington into southern British Columbia, Canada. It also occurs in the Rocky Mountains in southern British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, south through Idaho and Montana, and is scattered through the mountains in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona with Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca). Distribution records in the Rocky Mountains are sparse in comparison to Pacific State collections.

Population and Trends

The population is widespread, and it is a very common species, especially in young Douglas Fir forests in the Pacific Northwest. No decline has been recorded, and populations may have increased with the the current forest management practices in the Pacific Northwest.

Population Trend: stable

Habitat and Ecology

Gomphidius subroseus has an obligatory relationship (likely as a parasite) with Suillus lakei, and possibly other Suillus species, which in turn are ectomycorrhizal with Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). It is especially common in young to mid-seral stands of Douglas Fir in the Pacific Northwest and northern California, with fruiting in fall.


No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.

Conservation Actions

No specific conservation actions have been identified with regards to this species, and no specific research is needed either.

Use and Trade

This and other Gomphidius species are edible, but are not highly regarded, and thus rarely collected for food.

Source and Citation

Siegel, N. 2021. Gomphidius subroseus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T198477726A198488714. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-2.RLTS.T198477726A198488714.en .Accessed on 29 September 2023

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