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Clitocybe nebularis
cloudy clitocybe, clouded funnel

Distribution: A variety of forests, often appearing along woodland trails late in fall

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

The cap is broad with an incurved edge, and is grayish to brownish gray with radiating fibrils on the margin. The gills are whitish, adnate to short-decurrent, close, and often forked. The stipe is large, fleshy, and enlarged at the base, with a whitish surface that is coated with light gray-brown fibrils. C. nebularis usually has an unpleasant odor, described as like skunk cabbage or rodent cages, or just strongly farinaceous; however, sometimes an odor is lacking. It is among the largest of clitocybe-like mushrooms, another being Leucopaxillus giganteus (Sowerby: Fries) Singer, which differs primarily by its whiter color and amyloid spores, and C. geotropa (Bulliard) Quélet which has a buff to pale pinkish brown cap.

Sources: Trudell, Steve and Joe Ammirati. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Timber Press, Inc. 2009.

Accepted Name:
Clitocybe nebularis (Batsch ex Fr.) P. Kumm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clitocybe nebularis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

CalPhotos: Clitocybe nebularis photos

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