Observation 20972: Calocybe gambosa (Fries)Donk

When: 2009-05-10

Collection location: St. Genis, France [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Found under some random scrub and bushes.

I hadn’t seen these before, and I was guessing Melanoleuca, or maybe Rhodocollybia, with the tight thin gills. When I brought them to the Societe of Geneva meeting, people were guessing Tricholoma. These don’t really look like Tricholoma to me. Then the real experts got it as Calocybe.

These had a distinctive odor, which they all called “farine”, and one English speaker there told me, they call it the “bad flour” smell. Yes, these had the odor of old damp cream of wheat. They ask what did we call it, and I had to admit there is some argument in our area of the woods over what is the odor of farinaceous. These did not, at all, smell like cucumber, but they did smell strongly of old flour.

This was the only large patch of mushrooms I’ve seen in the past weeks here, otherwise it has been hard going to see anything fungal.

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