Clitocybe houghtonii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Clitocybe houghtonii (W. Phillips) Dennis syn. Omphalia roseotincta A. Pearson (illustrated 35% life size) Cap 2–8cm across, initially convex, becoming flattened and often deeply depressed at the centre; pale pinkish-buff when fresh, drying almost white. Stem 30–80Γ—3–8mm, often developing a ring-like swelling at the apex as the fungus dries; concolorous with cap. Flesh white; thin; smell sweetish, reminiscent of crushed tomato leaves. Gills crowded, decurrent; pinkish-cream. Spores 5–6.5Γ—3–4ΒΌ, elliptical; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat gregarious in beech litter; late summer to late autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility, best avoided.

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