Observation 160158: Lepista tarda (Peck) Murrill

When: 2014-02-21

Collection location: Krk Island, Croatia [Click for map]

Who: Tangich

No specimen available

Found growing beneath an urban larch tree.
Smells strongly of beetroot/soil.
Pink-grey in the middle of the cap, more purple towards the rim.
Taking a spore print right now.



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Recognized by sight: Occurs with highly variable cap color.

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Lepista nuda and Clitocybe tarda…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-02-22 21:01:23 CET (+0100)

each have prints that look white if taken on a dark medium. Taking the print on a white background shows the subtle fleshy-pink, as seen in the links. The blewit seen in the first link has a cap that’s kinda dry/shiny

Actually, for the thick print seen on the C. tarda (next link) the pinkishness may be seen even against the black background. Interestingly, the cap on this one looks a bit radially streaky.

By: Byrain
2014-02-22 20:40:43 CET (+0100)

The cap texture looks pretty typical of dried out blewits to me & they print white for me too… Does the habitat point away from Clitocybe tarda & C. sordida? What is usually called C. tarda here looks pretty different, but I’m far from certain about using that name.


Indoors using flash
By: Tangich
2014-02-22 20:33:51 CET (+0100)

But it did come out very similar to what it looks like in person. Quite pronounced metallic sheen, and maybe some radial streaks towards the rim. It was dry, so that might have contributed to the appearance.
Spore print is almost pure white, with slightest hints of cream.

The cap surface…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-02-22 19:49:24 CET (+0100)

does not look like Lepista to me, or else I would propose Clitocybe/Lepista tarda/sordida. The surface appears to show a metallic sheen, and perhaps innate radial streaks.

Was the photo of the cap shot indoors using a flash? … or maybe with a beam of light directed onto the cap surface?

I find the smell
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-02-22 03:03:42 CET (+0100)

of L. nuda to be quite variable. …and I have never smelt what is referred to as fresh orange juice. The metallic-grey cap could be from drying.

I agree,
By: Tangich
2014-02-21 17:56:56 CET (+0100)

It does look a lot like L. nuda. Slightly more metallic-grey cap in person, and stringy flesh.
But the smell is a dead giveaway. Like a freshly cut beetroot. Unlike any L. nuda I’ve ever smelt.
I’m completely stumped. The smell makes me think it’s not L. nuda 100% percent, but I have no idea what exactly it could be.

Looks like classic
By: Byrain
2014-02-21 17:52:37 CET (+0100)

Clitocybe nuda to me. :shrug:

I understand C. glaucocana to look more like obs 60545 or obs 119251.

L. nuda
By: Tangich
2014-02-21 17:47:16 CET (+0100)

The smell is the main factor that makes me doubt L. nuda. That was my first thought before I picked it as well. But the smell is completely unlike L. nuda. The texture of the cap and the flesh are also make me doubt it’s that species.

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