Observation 165614: Clitocybe (Fr.) Staude

When: 2014-05-18

Collection location: Blewett Pass, Chelan Co. and Kittatas Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Fruiting in burn site(two fruit bodies-young) under Ponderosa pine and Doug fir. Veined, or pinched stalk, dimpled cap.

Scent: distinctly anise like.

Temp: mid 60’s, sunny.

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Clitocybe sclerotoidea
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-05-21 00:12:29 EDT (-0400)

is a parasitic fungus growing typically on Helvella lacunosa. It takes over small H.l. and turns them into a mass of often underground veins and sclerotia which is then used to produce the fungus you see. Often has more than one fruiting body from the same sclerotia. It is important to collect the sclerotia the fungus is growing from, which is why I’m only willing to give this a “promising” designation. When fruiting from a sclerotium, and the sclerotia is visible, positive identification is nearly certain.

Often find this earlier in the year, in January to April, on the mummified remains of Helvella lacunosa. When searching for truffles, the sclerotia is often encountered.