Observation 24735: Tricholoma caligatum group
When: 2009-08-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found growing under a stand of a pine that i have not yet encounter or have identified. . Looks like white pine but needles are long. The taste is slightly peppery odor sweet fragrant. Edible because I have eaten it and is was good.

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21% (3)
Recognized by sight: found under pine
Used references: Mushroomexpert.com
Based on microscopic features: spore print white spores elliptical smooth about 5 microns
94% (3)
Recognized by sight

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By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-08-26 07:17:01 CDT (-0400)

I find five different “species” that fall into the caligatum group.
I put a couple of these on MO last year

in addition to these I find a dark scaly one with oak and beech with a somewhat unpleasant odor and a bitter taste (I think it’s pictured in the Phillips book), a scaly one under hemlock which smells really bad and taste very bitter and one under oak that’s similar to this one but has bluish cast to it.

I also find Tricholoma magnivelare; in my area under hemlock,
and on Cape Cod under Pitch Pine (a three needle pine)

Tricholoma caligata
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2009-08-25 23:32:11 CDT (-0400)

Differs from T. magivelare but it is a complex. The Eastern variety under Oak is bitter and lacks a musky cinnamon fragrance. Under pine you probably have another variety. T. magnivelare may also be a complex. In the East it usually occurs under two needle pines at high elevations or in Northern areas…

Not The American matsutake ?
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-08-25 23:02:32 CDT (-0400)

Ok Im confused. This particular one was under pine. It had a slight peppery spicey tast that cooked out. Where as T caligatum is very bitter. Is it possible that T magnivelare T. caligatum are one in the same ?

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