Burnt Knight

Tricholoma ustale

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Burnt Knight Tricholoma ustale (Fr.) P. Kumm. (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 4–8cm across, convex at first then expanded; chestnut-brown, paler at the margin, blackening with age; viscid in wet weather. Stem 30–60Γ—10–15mm; reddish-brown, paler at the apex; fibrous. Flesh whitish, sometimes reddening slightly; taste slightly bitter, smell not distinctive. Gills white, becoming rust-spotted, edges blackening with age. Spores 5.5–7Γ—4–5ΒΌ, elliptic-ovate. Spore print white. Habitat in deciduous woods, especially with beech; late summer to late autumn. Frequent. Poisonous.

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