Conservation Status: Not of concern
Edibility: T. imbricatum may be edible, but its tough texture argues against it being very desirable.
T. imbricatum may be edible, but its tough texture argues against it being very desirable.
Tricholoma imbricatum is one of a large number of reddish brown tricholomas that are notoriously difficult to identify. It usually can be separated from the others by its dull brown, dry cap, which often is broken up into small scales, especially in the center, and often has short grooves along its edge, medium to large firm fruitbodies, lack of a veil, and growth under pines. Most of the similar species, such as T. muricatum, T. ustale (Fries: Fries) P. Kummer, and T. populinum Lange, have viscid caps and grow in different habitats. Probably the species with which T. imbricatum is most easily confused is T. vaccinum, which also is dry-capped. In comparison, the latter is usually smaller, softer with an often hollow stipe, scalier, a bit more brightly colored, and is more common, most often under spruce rather than pine