Clitocybe gallinacea    (Scop.) Gillet 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Tricholomataceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales/Tricholomataceae/Tricholomatoideae/Clitocybeae  
(unconfirmed synonyms: Leucocybe gallinacea, Clitocybe tenuissima, Clitocybe tuba, Clitocybe candicans ss.auct.)  

edibility : poisonous

potential confusions with  Clitocybe gallinacea toxicity of Clitocybe gallinacea genus Clitocybe  

The cap is whitish then ochre buff; its margin is smooth. The cap surface is smooth, covered with a whitish frosty topping, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is concolorous with cap, without ring.

The flesh is whitish, unchanging; its taste is astringent to slightly hot; the odour is strong, earthy or of dust; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are whitish, adnate, fairly crowded . The spore print is white. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground, in well-lit grassy areas of woods.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 3 cm (between 1 and 5 cm)
  height of stem approximately 3.5 cm (between 2 and 5 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 5 mm (between 2 and 10 mm)

Chemical tests : none.

Distinctive features : ochre buff cap under a whitish frosty topping; stem concolorous with cap; quite close whitish gills; strong earthy non-mealy odour; small sized

Clitocybe gallinacea is still unreported so far in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .

page updated on 14/01/18