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Tricholomopsis rutilans
variegated mop, plums-and-custard, red-tufted wood Tricholoma
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Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: Tricholomopsis rutilans is the most distinctive species of the genus in the PNW and is readily recognized by its relatively large size and stocky stature, bright yellow fruitbodies that are overlaid with reddish purple fibrils and small scales, and its growth at the base of trees, especially pines. It is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Although edible, an informant of David Arora claims it tastes like rotting wood.

Description:
Edibility:

Tricholomopsis rutilans is the most distinctive species of the genus in the PNW and is readily recognized by its relatively large size and stocky stature, bright yellow fruitbodies that are overlaid with reddish purple fibrils and small scales, and its growth at the base of trees, especially pines. It is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. Although edible, an informant of David Arora claims it tastes like rotting wood.

Identification Notes:

The species in Tricholomopsis closely resemble tricholomas in stature, but differ by their saprotrophic growth on wood, abundant large cheilocystidia, and overall bright yellow coloration, often with dark contrasting fibrils and/or scales on the cap. Veils are lacking.

Comments:

Not edible