19 October 2008 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin
Convex, radially fibrillose, viscid when moist, margin often grooved, orange brown to reddish brown, to about 9 cm across
Adnate to emarginate, fairly broad, white to pale pinkish brown, often developing brown spots with age
Club shaped to cylindrical, pale pinkish brown, usually with a well demarcated white zone at the apex
Firm, white to pale pinkish brown
Mealy or slightly bitter
Spores ellipsoidal, smooth (4.5-6.5) x (3-4.5) µm2. Basidia club shaped, 4 spored. Cystidia not present.
The specimens shown were identified using the keys and descriptions in The Genus Tricholoma by Christensen and Heilmann-Clausen. It is distinguished from T. pessundatum by the radially fibrillose cap, grooved margin, and gills with brown spots. The identification has not been independently confirmed. Specimens were lodged at Kew as Tricholoma cf pessundatum, before purchase of The Genus Tricholoma. Note that Kew do not recognise this as a British species.