Observation 51290: Clitocybe odora (Bull.) P. Kumm.

When: 2010-08-08

Collection location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

lots of these along the roadside.



Proposed Names

12% (3)
Recognized by sight: big umbo, striate margin as well as decurrent gills. it’s a weird one!
Based on chemical features: smelled like anise.
25% (4)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: pale form, not unusual
-35% (2)
Recognized by sight

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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just returned from the unplugged fields of Sauk Co., WI.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-09-30 07:13:54 PDT (-0700)

this Clitocybe did indeed have the typical “odora” odor. Its color was strange, to me.

Irene Anderson, who first proposed odora, is a wonderful mycologist from Sweden, who is well familiar with these circumpolar forms. I trusted her opinion.

It was my first trip to Alaska, and almost everything was new to me!

It was certainly NOT a Leucopax!!!

There are other species in Clitocybe sect. Odorae
By: Django Grootmyers (heelsplitter)
2016-09-24 17:15:20 PDT (-0700)

However, this isn’t blue-green and there’s no odor description, so it might not even be in that section of Clitocybe sensu lato IMO.

that’s exactly why I posted it!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-25 09:19:02 PDT (-0700)

Indeed, whatever this Clitocybe actually is, it is almost certainly related to odora, not just by odor but by general gestalt (leaving off the color, of course). Neither has a typical ‘“Clitocybioid” form, ie funnel shaped with strongly decurrent gills. This umbonate mushroom has slightly decurrent gills and the odora that I pictured doesn’t really show decurrent gills at all!

Do we need a new genus here?

All sorts
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2010-08-25 09:10:51 PDT (-0700)

of different things going by that name.

Certainly different from the non-umbonate, non-ribbed form in Santa Cruz, which also has more widely spaced gills that are less neatly decurrent.

Your observation here bridges the color/stature gap (ie. non-pale form)

But these are very different:

Johann’s observation looks like yours, and Gerhard suggested the name C. albofragrans for it. However, no hits on Google images look convincing…

odora was my first guess up there…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-08-25 08:42:31 PDT (-0700)

but big white striate odora sp. are certainly not common in the lower 48 states!

Arora in MDM claims that caps can fade (which I have seen in CA) in dry weather, but it was hardly dry…it had rained EVERY DAY this summer before we arrived, and drizzled at least daily while we were there. Striate margin also typical?

Of course, it’s a whole nuther world up there in the sub-arctic circle…

Created: 2010-08-24 21:31:04 PDT (-0700)
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