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At first glance, it may seem to an inexperienced mushroom picker that a squeezed entoloma is a completely edible mushroom. However, eating can cause poisoning. The second common name for this mushroom is the pink-gray entoloma. In addition, there are other, less well-known options, such as: squeezed or fuming champignon, fuming or gray entoloma, autumn rose-leaf, fuming rose-leaf.
Description of the crushed Entoloma
The flesh of the mushroom is transparent white in color, is particularly fragile and does not have a pronounced taste. As a rule, squeezed entoloma does not smell, but in some cases there may be a smell of nitric acid or alkali. The spores are angular, 8-10.5 × 7-9 μm. The spore powder is pink in color. The plates are quite wide, young specimens are white, and with age they turn pink.
Description of the hat
The hat is 4 to 10 cm in diameter; in a young specimen, it has a bell-shaped shape. With age, the cap gradually unfolds to an almost flat shape. It is characterized as dry, hygrophane, smooth, with a slightly tucked wavy edge.
Important! The hat is capable of changing color depending on humidity. For example, in dry weather it has a gray-brown or olive-brown hue, and during rain it changes color to tobacco-brown tones.
The pressed entoloma has an aligned cylindrical leg, the height of which is from 3.5 to 10 cm, and the thickness is from 0.5 to 0.15 cm. As a rule, their surface is smooth and painted in a pale gray, white or brown tone. At the junction of the cap with the leg, you can see a tiny white pile. The ring is missing.
Important! The legs of adult mushrooms are empty, young specimens are filled with pulp from longitudinal fibers.
Is the mushroom edible or not
Entoloma perforated is classified as inedible and poisonous. Eating can cause severe stomach poisoning. Signs may include: dizziness, nausea, headache, severe vomiting, diarrhea. The duration of the poisoning is about 3 days. If consumed in large quantities, it can be fatal.
Where and how does Entoloma pink-gray grow
This species is quite common, it grows almost throughout Russia, as well as in other countries that can boast of humid tropical forests. Perhaps the only exception is Antarctica.
Important! Most often, pink-gray entoloma is found on moist grassy soil in deciduous forests. They usually sprout in small and large groups, rings or rows. They begin to grow in August - September. They are found in large quantities in particularly humid places.
Doubles and their differences
It is believed that poisonous mushrooms have a bright and attractive color, but this certainly does not apply to this representative of the mushroom kingdom. Entoloma squeezed out is unnoticeable and has a simple appearance, which is why it can be confused with many other edible mushrooms. The twins of this mushroom are considered:
- Plutey - similar to entoloma in color and size, but it is classified as edible. To distinguish entholoma from a double, it should be remembered that they grow exclusively on the soil, and spits are most often located on stumps. The second difference may be the smell: a pleasant flour aroma emanates from the double, and entoloma either does not smell at all, or emits an unpleasant ammoniacal odor.
- Garden entoloma - exactly the same color and size as pink-gray. They grow in forests, parks, meadows. In addition, they can be found in city gardens under fruit trees - apple, pear, hawthorn.
As a rule, they appear in groups and are conventionally considered edible mushrooms. The main difference is the leg: in the garden entoloma it is twisted, slightly furrowed, grayish or pinkish in color, and in the squeezed one it is straight, usually white.
Entoloma perforated is a fairly common species that can be found almost anywhere. However, it is important to remember that it is classified as a poisonous mushroom, so each specimen should be carefully examined when collecting forest gifts.