Observation 88411: Phaeocollybia christinae (Fr.) R. Heim

Here you could read a translated piece from our German paper (2010) about the variable smell of Ph. christinae:

“Conspicuous and equally confusing were the different smells:I wrapped the first collection of Ph. christinae (28 June 2007) in aluminum foil and deposited them in the refrigerator overnight. In the evening of the next day I showed the fruitbodies the members of our local mushroom club. When I unpacked them a very pronounced odor of marzipan complied the room. The intensity was so high that the smell would surely have noticed by me at the finding place – but this was not the case.

A week later, on the 6th July, I visited the locality again. But all of the collected fruitbodies had a radish-like smell. The smell remained unchanged at the following day after storage in the refrigerator. Ludwig (2001) indicates in his compendium of mushrooms “flour-like” as a third possible odor note. As early as 1985 Laber refers to the different smells of Ph. christinae. Her expression “smell chameleon” characterizes the species appropriate."


Garnweidner E., P. Karasch & A. Kunze (2010): Bemerkenswerte Neufunde aus der Gattung Phaeocollybia in Bayern. Mycol. Bav. 11: 15-28.

Laber, D. (1985): Pilzportrait Nr. 22. Phaeocollybia christinae (Fr.) Heim 1931. Südwestdeut-sche Pilzrundschau. 21. Jhg. Heft 2: 34-37.

Ludwig, E. (2001): Pilzkompendium, Band 1, Beschreibungen. IHW-Verlag, Eching.

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Based on microscopic features: Spores 10-10.6-11 × 5-5.4-5.5 µm, quotient 1,9-2,1; almond-shaped, yellowish, fine verrucous, inamyloid

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