Tricholoma ustaloides

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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Tricholoma ustaloides Romagn. (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 4–9cm across, hemispherical to convex, margin inrolled; chestnut-brown, paler towards margin; viscid. Stem 60–100×8–15mm; white at apex, rusty-brown and speckled towards base; fragile and very short-lived cortina sometimes present near the top of the stem in young specimens. Flesh white; taste and smell strongly of meal. Gills whitish, becoming spotted with rust. Spores 6–7×4–5¼. Spore print white. Habitat in deciduous woods; autumn. Uncommon. Not edible too mealy. Note normally the stem apex shows a sharply delimited white band.