Observation 187456: Leucopaxillus gentianeus (Quél.) Kotl.

in big fairy ring under redwood off trail.


small pocketknife for size comparison.

Proposed Names

-53% (3)
Recognized by sight: huge fbs, cap subtly striate. what R these???!
Based on chemical features: pleasant, sl. fruity odor.
80% (4)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: large size rules out most Clitocybe, brownish centered caps paler towards margin, ribbed cap with fine plaques near center are especially suggestive of L. gentianeus, broadly attached white gills, club-shaped stipe, growth in fairy ring under redwood. Odor is variable, ‘fruity’ is an odd description for this species, but if you saved a collection it’s very easy to confirm this genus with a scope.

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I didn’t save it …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-11-07 12:12:08 CST (-0500)

but despite the fact that it wasn’t terribly robust (like I am used to in those tough Leucopaxillus fbs), and I never tasted it for bitterness, I think that you nailed it. It blew out to resemble a giant Clitocybe, but L. gentianeus is a better fit, esp. since I couldn’t find any Clitocybe that looked like that!

I have seen these huge blown out caps for years in that location, and never thought Leucopax. It would’ve been a lot easier to ID in their youff!

Odor is so individual, and changes over time, so who knows?

Close enuf for me.

Created: 2014-11-06 12:29:53 CST (-0500)
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