Tricholoma pardinum is a gilled mushroom widely distributed across North
America and Europe, as well as parts of Asia. It was first officially
described by Christiaan Hendrik Persoon in 1801. The imposing fruit
bodies (mushrooms) of T. pardinum appear in beech woodland in summer
and autumn. The pale grey cap, up to 15 cm (6 in) in diameter, is
covered with dark brownish to greyish scales. The gills are whitish, and
are not attached to the stout white to pale grey-brown stalk. The spore
print is white. One of the more toxic members of the genus Tricholoma,
the species has been implicated in many episodes of mushroom poisoning,
probably because it is a large, attractive mushroom with a pleasant
smell and taste, and it bears a superficial resemblance to several
edible species, like Tricholoma terreum. Ingesting T. pardinum—even
in small quantities—results in a severe, persistent gastroenteritis
caused by an unknown mycotoxin.
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