Clitocybe irina

(Also known as Lepista irina)

False Blewit

Order Agaricales, family Tricholomataceae 

CAP WHITE TO TAN; STICKY; BROAD CENTRAL KNOB

Cap:  4-13 cm wide; convex; cottony margin inrolled at first whitish to dingy buff; sticky but soon dry

GILLS WHITISH; CROWDED

Gills:  attached; crowded; narrow; white becoming pale pinkish

STALK GRAYISH WITH NO RING

Stalk:  2-5 cm long; 1-2.5 cm thick; grayish to buff, no ring

SPORE PRINT PALE BUFF

Spores7-10 x 4-5 µm, long elliptical, minutely roughened, thin walled

UNDER TREES, BUSHES, IN DUFF

EDIBLE

Lookalikes:

Blewit (Clitocybe nuda) -- bluish, purple color, inrolled cap edge

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This is one of the first urban mushrooms we ate from our yard when we began collecting mushrooms in the city.  Unfortunately, we haven't found it since, and we moved about 15 years ago.  We felt we owed this mushroom the honor of being included on this website.  But don't expect to see too much of it.


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