Clitocybe houghtonii

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

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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 30–80×3–8mm, 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 5–6.5×3–4¼, elliptical; nonamyloid. Spore print white. Habitat gregarious in beech litter; late summer to late autumn. Uncommon. Unknown edibility, best avoided.