Lepista irina    (Fr.) H.E. Bigelow 

common name(s) : Flowery Blewit 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Tricholomataceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Tricholomatales/Tricholomataceae/Tricholomatoideae/Lepisteae [sub-genus:Rhodopaxillus]  

synonyms: Tricholoma irinum, Rhodopaxillus irinus 
(unconfirmed synonyms: Clitocybe irina)  

edibility : edible

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The cap is whitish cream, pinkish, pale brownish. The cap surface is smooth, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is same colour as cap, or paler, without ring.

The flesh is whitish, watery, unchanging; its taste is mild, of violet; the odour is of iris or violet; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are cream to ochre pink, adnate to emarginate, crowded . The spore print is pale pink. This species is saprophytic. It grows on the ground, on a rather calcareous soil.

The fruiting period takes place from September to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 9 cm (between 4 and 15 cm)
  height of stem approximately 8 cm (between 4 and 10 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 20 mm (between 10 and 30 mm)

Distinctive features : pinkish white, cream to ochre-brown cap; whitish then cinnamon or reddish-brown gills; stem with ochre fibrils at its base; strong odour of iris (iris root) or violet

Lepista irina is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is infrequent, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Lepista irina in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Lepista irina in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18