Melanoleuca dryophila : Oak Loving Trich
Love Oak Trees (obviously) but thrived around here on exposed roots of trees.
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Kingdom : Fungi
Division : Basidiomycota
Class : Basidiomycetes
Order : Agaricales
Family : Tricholomataceae
Genus : Melanoleuca
Species : Melanoleuca dryophila : Oak Loving Trich / also named Tricholoma dryophilum
Where to Find This Mushroom in the Wild?
It doesn't take much to find these mushrooms out there, as the name suggests if you find a lot of oak trees *https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/identifying-the-oaks-of-michigan*
Tree identification is a key skill to learn if you are getting into mushroom foraging and more. The better you understand the entire woods or surrounding environment, the more success I believe you may have.
Can be found in small clusters or separated by a small distance from one another close to the base of the exposed roots on oak trees.
Description of the Mushroom
Cap: typically flat or depressed with the edges of the cap curling into the stem in a majority of times. Lack any color or extremely distinct marks on the cap.
Stem / Stipe: typically bare but get "shaggier" with age. No veil present on these mushrooms either.
Gills: on hymenium. Loose and flow like hair (check Greek meaning of Tricholoma) Light cream in color turning more brown with age.
Hymenium: adnate to adnexed
Spore Print: Milk White to cream in color
Ecology: Grows by oak trees on exposed roots primarily around us.
Edibility: NOT EDIBLE, Can be TOXIC , Certain fungi in the Tricholoma and Melanoleuca Genus are reported to be edible though. Proper ID must be taken into account.
The generic name derives from Ancient Greek: τριχο-, romanized: tricho-, lit. 'hair' and Ancient Greek: λῶμα, romanized: loma, lit. 'fringe, border' although only a few species (such as T. vaccinum) have shaggy caps which fit this description.
The most sought out species are the East Asian Tricholoma matsutake, also known as matsutake or songi, and the North American Tricholoma magnivelare species complex, also known as "ponderosa mushroom", "American matsutake", or "pine mushroom". Others are safe to eat, such as Tricholoma terreum, but there are a few poisonous members, such as T. pardinum, T. tigrinum and T. equestre.