Observation 32046: Clitocybe brunneocephala H.E. Bigelow

When: 2009-12-19

Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Natalie McNear

No specimen available

Found growing from the ground in very wet alder/willow forest. The larger specimen was about 5-6" across.



Proposed Names

-16% (2)
Recognized by sight: Any particular smell?
-31% (2)
Recognized by sight
60% (2)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: looking in Species Index Fungorum there is no citation or Author for L. brunneocephala.

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This looks similar
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-01-17 12:21:50 CST (-0500)
I know it as Clitocybe brunneocephala which I use to collect on a regular basis in the mountains above the Lake Elsinore area of S, California. Usually around Oaks in huge fairy rings. They are more of a brown pink. than the deep a purple violet like C, Nuda There is a similar colored on in West Virgina but not as large.
It’s OK
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-01-17 12:02:02 CST (-0500)

I’m not sure if the smell matters, just thought that it could be helpful for the californians here who might recognize it..?

It has several characters that fits Lepista (large size, saprobic, probably dirty pinkish spores, dense gills and a smooth cap with inrolled margin), but the american Lepista concept is extremely narrow, and I don’t know where to find a functional key to american species in the genus. Arora describes Clitocybe (Lepista) brunneocephala like a blewit without any blue colour. So, it’s a possibility so far, but I have no idea if what he describes really is brunneocephala, or something else.

By: Natalie McNear
2010-01-16 14:33:41 CST (-0500)

Sorry, I didn’t think of smelling this one (I’m completely new to mushroom identification).

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