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Entoloma bloxami

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Entoloma bloxami

Pileus
Cap 5-13 cm broad, convex, becoming plane, umbonate; dark bluish-grey, subviscid, wrinkled to fibrillose-streaked; flesh thick, white, unchanging, odor farinaceous.

Lamellae
Gills adnexed to notched, close, white to pale blue, becoming pinkish as spores mature.

Stipe
Stipe 5-11 cm long, 1.5-3 cm thick, equal to tapered at base, streaked bluish-grey above, pallid to whitish below; veil absent.

Spores
Spores 7-8.5 x 6-7.5 µm, oval to nearly round, angular. Spore print salmon-pink.

Habitat
Scattered to gregarious in mixed hardwood conifer forests from late fall through mid-winter.

Edibility
Edible and excellent. Proceed with caution—since most Entolomas are poisonous, be sure of your identification!

Comments
Entoloma bloxami is a large, robust mushroom with a steel blue-grey subviscid cap, usually bluish gills with pinkish tones, and a bluish-grey streaked stipe. It has an aspect that resembles a Tricholoma or Russula, but is easily distinguished by its salmon-pink spore color.

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