Clitopilus hobsonii

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Clitopilus hobsonii

15 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Bracket shaped, finely hairy, whitish, often with a frosted appearance, to about 2 cm across

Gills

Radiating from the point of attachment, white then pale pink

Stem

Short, lateral, or absent, white

Flesh

Thin, white

Smell

Mealy, especially when crushed

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Spring to early winter

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

On dead wood, and on woody debris, usually from deciduous trees

Spore Print

Pink

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, longitudinally lined (often quite faint) (6.5-8.5) x (4.5-5.5) µm2 angular with 6 to 10 sides when viewed end on. Basidia 4 spored, club shaped. Gill edge sometimes with emerging filamentous hyphae.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species could be confused with Crepidotus species, but it is fairly easily distinguished from them by the frosted cap and mealy smell. It could also be confused with C. daamsii (which has larger spores) and C. scyphoides f. reductus although the latter species is not yet recorded in the UK.

Additional Photographs

Clitopilus hobsonii

Spores in Melzer's solution viewed with a x100 immersion objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 15 October 2014 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

9 November 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

9 November 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

On a fallen beech trunk. 13 November 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

On a fallen beech trunk. 13 November 2010 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

9 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Clitopilus hobsonii

9 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin