Soapy Knight or Soap Tricholoma Tricholoma saponaceum

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Soapy Knight or Soap Tricholoma Tricholoma saponaceum (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 5–10cm across, convex, becoming expanded with a broad umbo; grey-brown, often with rusty or olivaceous tints, darker at the centre. Stem 50–100Γ—10–30mm; white with reddish or olivaceous tints. Flesh white, becoming more or less pink; taste mushroomy, smell of soap. Gills rather distant; whitish, sometimes with greenish tints or finally spotted reddish. Spores 5–6Γ—3.5–4ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print white. Habitat in troops in deciduous or coniferous woods; late summer to late autumn. Frequent. Edible but poor.

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