Rhodocollybia maculata    (Alb. & Schwein.:Fr.) Singer 

common name(s) : Spotted Toughshank 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Marasmiaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae  

synonyms: Collybia maculata 

edibility : inedible

photo gallery of  Rhodocollybia maculata
photo gallery of  Rhodocollybia maculata potential confusions with  Rhodocollybia maculata toxicity of Rhodocollybia maculata genus Rhodocollybia  

The cap is white, then with rust stains, convex or flat, sometimes irregular, sometimes a bit umbonate; its margin is smooth or slightly wavy, sometimes radially cracked. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white, with red stains when mature, tough, often rooting, cylindrical, or slightly swollen towards base, without ring.

The flesh is white to pinkish, unchanging; its taste is very bitter, sometimes mild; the odour is faint, pleasant or mushroomy; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white to cream, stained with rusty red, adnate, crowded (nb of gills per 90° ~ 35 ). The spore print is pinkish to cream. This species is saprophytic, sometimes parasitic. It grows on the ground (sometimes on recently buried wood), in deciduous or coniferous woods (more frequently with conifers), on a rather acid soil, with beech, spruce, pine.

The fruiting period takes place all year long.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 8 cm (between 2 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 9 cm (between 3 and 20 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 14 mm (between 3 and 30 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : White cap and stem, with rusty stains (rarely totally white), especially with age or where bruised; bitter taste; tough stem; very crowded gills

Rhodocollybia maculata is frequent and widely present in the forest of Rambouillet, and is frequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Rhodocollybia maculata in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Rhodocollybia maculata in the forest of Rambouillet

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