Tricholoma atrosquamosum    (Chevall.) Sacc. 

common name(s) : Dark Scaled Knight, Black-scaled Tricholoma 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Tricholomataceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales/Tricholomataceae/Tricholomatoideae/Tricholomateae  

synonyms: Tricholoma terreum-atrosquamosum 

edibility : edible

photo gallery of  Tricholoma atrosquamosum
photo gallery of  Tricholoma atrosquamosum potential confusions with  Tricholoma atrosquamosum toxicity of Tricholoma atrosquamosum genus Tricholoma  

The cap is grey black to brown black, convex then flattened, with a central umbo; its margin is scaly. The cap surface is covered with blackish brown scales on an cream background, darker towards the centre, and more woolly-fibrillose at the margin, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is whitish to greyish, silky, not or hardly scaly, without ring nor ring zone.

The flesh is white to greyish, unchanging; its taste is mealy or nutty; the odour is peppery (like wild ginger) or fruity; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white to grey, with their edge sometimes with blackish dots, emarginate, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in coniferous woods or broad-leaved woods, on a rather calcareous soil, with beech, spruce, oak, hornbeam.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 7 cm (between 4 and 12 cm)
  height of stem approximately 7 cm (between 3 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 14 mm (between 10 and 20 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : grey to dark brown scaly cap; silky stem, sometimes with a few dark scales; stem base and gills not turning yellow or red when bruised; peppery odour; grey gills with their edge sometimes dotted with dark spots

Tricholoma atrosquamosum is quite rare and localised in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Tricholoma atrosquamosum in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Tricholoma atrosquamosum in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18