Observation 220217: Clitocybe robusta Peck

When: 2015-10-16

Collection location: Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available


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Hi Chris.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2017-09-17 00:56:53 CDT (-0400)

The odor of C. robusta may be considered by some as unpleasant. Personally, I’m not real fond of the odor, but it’s not terrible… maybe a bit like fruit that’s just a bit too ripe. Difficult to describe, but usually fairly prominent. Individuals seem to detect odors differently, and with different intensities.

I think the key to C. robusta is that the spore print is yellow. Make sure to take the print (partially) on a white medium, as the yellow is kinda subtle and contrasts well with a white backdrop. There are other large white Clitocybe species. Leucopaxillus species are also similar. Clitocybe irina (=Lepista irina) is similar but with a pleasant aroma; the spore print is subtly pinkish. Cliticybe subconnexa has a pink spore print, usually grows in clusters.

How do they smell?
By: Chris Neefus (Chris Neefus)
2017-09-16 19:59:28 CDT (-0400)

Hi Dave,
I found several mushrooms that look very much like these, but C. robusta is supposed to smell bad. The ones I found have a very faint smell and it’s not bad.