Tricholoma pardinum    (Pers.) Quél. 

common name(s) : Striped Tricholoma 

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

synonyms: Tricholoma tigrinum, Tricholoma pardalotum 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Agaricus myomyces-pardinus, Tricholoma pardinum-unquentatum)  

edibility : poisonous

potential confusions with  Tricholoma pardinum toxicity of Tricholoma pardinum genus Tricholoma  

The cap is blackish-brown on a whitish background, thick and fleshy, convex then expanded, sometimes depressed, often with a broad umbo; its margin is paler, thin, inrolled, lobed and wavy, often split. The cap surface is covered with numerous regular scales, brown to grey, arranged regularly and concentrically throughout the cap surface, dry, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is white to cream, stained with brown, full and massive, cylindrical to stout, stout, without ring nor ring zone.

The flesh is whitish, unchanging; its taste is faint, of meal; the odour is pleasant, weak, of meal or spermatic; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are white, with a greenish tint (like Russula chloroides), then ochraceous to pale yellow, emarginate to narrowly adnate, crowded . The spore print is white. This species is mycorrhizal. It grows on the ground, in broad-leaved or coniferous woods, on a rather calcareous soil, with spruce and beech mostly, but also with fir, oak.

The fruiting period takes place from June to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 13 cm (between 3 and 25 cm)
  height of stem approximately 8 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 35 mm (between 10 and 70 mm)

Distinctive features : grey to dark brown cap, with regular, scaly to fibrillose concentric scales; white gills with a greenish tinge; fleshy species with a massive club-shaped stem; mealy taste and odour (young); on calcareous soils in mountainous regions

Tricholoma pardinum is still unreported so far in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .

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