Observation 188503: Tricholoma focale (Fr.) Ricken

When: 2014-10-25

Collection location: Cascades along Highway 12, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Fruiting in montane habitat beneath Western hemlock, mountain hemlock and Pacific silver fir.

Flavor: spicy, almost like cinnamon.

Elevation: 4400ft.

Temp: mid 40’s.

These are the only two(what I thought were) gypsy mushrooms I found this season along highway 12.

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Recognized by sight: oddly tall specimens, but identifiable by bright orange tones, ornamented stipe below the ring, pallid mature gills

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Thanks christian-
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2014-11-14 20:46:14 CST (-0500)

I was pretty convinced this was a gypsy- I agree that this must be a long stemmed variant of t. Focale tho… Many, many forms in the mountains of WA. Thanks for your keen eye. Still can’t believe I sampled a few bites and didn’t really mind the flavor. Not toxic, but I’ve usually heard they are gross to cook with.

Maybe variant in form and stature make for variant in flavor, as well. In the new book by Bessette and Trudell I think I remember at least five variant forms on the west coast for focale.

Thanks again Christian-



weird looking caperatus
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2014-11-14 18:28:53 CST (-0500)

Ornamented colored stem below ring? What’s the other membranous ringed Cortinarius? The upper stem looks good though

Edit: Ohh. Thanks, Christian

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