Mushrooms occurring in Europe - Tricholoma vaccinum

By marianomariano | Nature - mushrooms | 15 Sep 2019



Tricholoma vaccinum - Cap 30 to 90 mm in diameter, initially conical-bell, later low-arched, spread, with a blunt hump, margin rolled up, especially in young fruiting bodies; dry, felt surface, covered with protruding thick, fibrous scales; reddish brown, chocolate brown, pale brown in the dry season.

Lamellae rare, broad, serrated at the stipe, initially whitish, dirty white, then reddish, browning.

Stem 40 to 100 mm high, 8 to 17 mm thick, cylindrical, dry, initially full, then empty, upper part whitish and flaky, below fibrous-scaly, fine-grained surface, lighter in color than cap, light red-brown at the bottom.

The flesh is quite juicy, whitish, pinkish to brown-red in the hat, darker in the stem, unchanging, with a bitter taste and earthy smell.

Occurrence: In foothill and mountain deciduous forests, in young spruce forests, on calcareous soil; grows cluster, quite often. From August to November.

Value: Inedible mushroom because of bitter taste, but harmless.

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