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synonyms: Seifenritterling, Soap Tricholoma, Soapy Knight, Szappanszagú pereszke, Tricolome à odeur de savon
Tricholoma saponaceum red form Mushroom
Ref No: 9554
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Tricholoma saponaceum Mushroom
Ref No: 9557
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Tricholoma saponaceum2 Mushroom
Ref No: 9558
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Tricholoma saponaceum4 Mushroom
Ref No: 9560
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Tricholoma saponaceum5 Mushroom
Ref No: 9561
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Tricholoma saponaceum var ardosiacum Mushroom
Ref No: 9562
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Inedible
fungus colour: Green, Red or redish or pink, Brown
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
flesh: Mushroom has distinct or odd smell (non mushroomy)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Tricholoma saponaceum (Fr.) Kummer. Soapy Knight or Soap Tricholoma, Tricolome à odeur de savon, Seifenritterling, Szappanszagú pereszke, Agarico saponaceo, Zeepzwam. Cap 5–10cm across, convex at first then expanded with a broad umbo, grey-brown often with rusty or olivaceous tints, darker at the centre. Stem 50–100 x 10–30mm, white with reddish or olivaceous tints. Flesh white becoming more or less pink. Taste mushroomy, smell of soap. Gills rather distant, whitish sometimes with greenish tints or finally spotted reddish. Spore print white. Spores elliptical, 5–6 x 3.5–4um. Habitat in troops in deciduous or coniferous woods. Season late summer to late autumn. Occasional. Edible – poor. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.) Distribution, America and Europe. Note the first pictures shows a rather red form that will probably become a seperate variety, in fact this species contains a rather divers group of mushrooms that may well be split in the future. Comment Tricholoma saponaceum var. ardosiacum Bres. differs from the type in having a much darker, bluish-gray, almost black cap and sometimes gray or brown scales on the stem (the last of our pictures).

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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 04 November 2012

Tricholoma saponaceum var ardosiacum
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 04 November 2012

Hungarian name, Szappanszagu pereszke
Tricholoma saponaceum var ardosiacum
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