Club Foot

Ampulloclitocybe clavipes


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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Club Foot Ampulloclitocybe clavipes (Pers.) Redhead, Lutzoni, Moncalvo & Vilgalys syn. Clitocybe clavipes (Pers.) P. Kumm (illustrated 45% life size) Cap 4–8cm across, flattened-convex with a slight umbo at first, later slightly depressed; grey-brown or with an olivaceous tint, paling towards the white margin. Stem 30–70Γ—10–15mm, greatly swollen at the base and tapering upwards from there; paler than the cap; covered in silky fibres. Flesh white, becoming more yellow towards base; thick, becoming spongy towards base; smell strong and sweet. Gills deeply decurrent, narrow; pale creamy yellow. Spores 4.5–5Γ—3.5–4ΒΌ, subglobose to elliptical. Spore print white. Habitat in coniferous and deciduous woods, especially with beech; late summer to late autumn. Common. Not edible too unpleasant.

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