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Clitocybe clitocyboides

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Subclass: Hymenomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Tricholomataceae
Genus: Clitocybe
Species: C. clitocyboides 
Scientific name: Clitocybe clitocyboides

Hundreds of species of mushrooms compose the fungus genus Clitocybe. They are characterized by white, off-white, buff, cream, pink, or light-yellow spores, gills running down the stem, and pale white to brown or lilac coloration. They are primarily saprotrophic, decomposing forest ground litter. Clitocybe means sloping head.

Clitocybe clitocyboides is common in moist to wet forest, probably native to Australia and NZ.   It has caps up to 70 mm, deeply funnel-shaped with a very smooth cap surface, and pale cream to brownish cream or pinkish cream in colour, margins striate. The gills are deeply decurrent, and the spore print is white.