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Leucopaxillus gentianeus
bitter brown Leucopaxillus

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: It is too tough and bitter to be edible.


It is too tough and bitter to be edible.

Identification Notes:

L. gentianeus (= L. amarus (Albertini & Schweinitz: Fries) Kühner) is a commoner species in the PNW, with a dull brownish cap, white gills and stipe, and intensely bitter taste. The mycelial mat formed by the vegetative body of the fungus is particularly well developed and easy to observe when the mushrooms are collected. This characteristic, along with the dry cap, white gills that do not develop red spots in age, and very bitter taste distinguish L. gentianeus from the brown-capped tricholomas.

Accepted Name:
Leucopaxillus gentianeus (Quél.) Kotl.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Leucopaxillus gentianeus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

CalPhotos: Leucopaxillus gentianeus photos

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