Aniseed Funnel or Blue-green Clitocybe Clitocybe odora

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Aniseed Funnel or Blue-green Clitocybe Clitocybe odora (Bull.) P. Kumm. syn. C. viridis (With.) Gillet (illustrated 60% life size) Cap 3–8cm across, convex at first with a low, broad umbo, later expanding and becoming irregular and wavy at the margin; blue-green, greyish, or flushed greenish. Stem 30–60Γ—5–10mm; flushed with cap colour; base covered in fine white down. Flesh whitish to pale tan; taste and smell strongly of aniseed. Gills slightly decurrent; whitish, tinged with cap colour. Spores 6–7.5Γ—3–4ΒΌ, ellipsoid. Spore print white. Habitat in leaf litter of deciduous woods, especially with beech; summer to late autumn. Common. Edible but it is best used as a flavouring rather than a main dish, due to its strong, aromatic taste.

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