Observation 216028: Clitocybe odora (Bull.) P. Kumm. var. odora

When: 2015-09-12

Collection location: Buncombe Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]


Who: Mike Hopping (AvlMike)

No specimen available

These were found on a mountain ridge under mixed hardwoods. Some of the mushrooms were affixed by white mycelium to acorn caps. Maximum cap diameter 10 cm. The characteristic anise odor was present in green caps. All caps, regardless of age, retained a sweet fragrance. This in contrast to the smaller, odorless species shown in Observation #215532, which had a pure white spore print and a tough, tan, almost rootlike base.


Clitocybe odora 2.jpg
The “petalization” of torn cap segments occurred in several caps at this location. I hadn’t seen it before.
Clitocybe odora 3.jpg
Clitocybe odora detail.jpg
Caps responded to the radial tears by fanning the gills at the margins.
Clitocybe odora spore print.jpg
Cream-colored spore print

Proposed Names

44% (2)
Recognized by sight
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: Anise scent, white gills
Used references: North American Species of Clitocybe

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Sounds like…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-09-14 09:40:24 CDT (-0400)

a nice place to visit. I may skip the cookies, though.

It’s Asheville; whadaya expect?
By: Mike Hopping (AvlMike)
2015-09-13 22:47:43 CDT (-0400)


Pretty much everything I post is found within the nocturnal glow of a town that dances to a multiversal beat. We’re apparently near some sort of spiritual vortex. Here you’ll find cricket cookies and t-shirts proudly proclaiming Asheville a cesspool of sin. People buy million dollar condos within earshot of the famous downtown drum circle in order to complain about the noise. Flower power mushrooms? Sheesh, that ain’t nuttin. Coming soon, perhaps, to a woods near you. . . .

Mike, looks like you’ve got…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-09-13 22:22:46 CDT (-0400)

a lot of evidence to support your C. odora proposal. The aqua-colored one in the top photo seems to be a clear match for the species.

It’s difficult to form a voting opinion for an observation that features such weird examples as this… flower-shaped caps, mushrooms adhering to acorns…?

I’ve never seen such cap petals before, either!
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2015-09-13 16:41:41 CDT (-0400)


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