T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Clitocybe (Unknown species)

Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Tricholomataceae
Genus: Clitocybe

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.

This creamy white mushroom with funnel shaped cap with white decurrent paced gills was growing in a damp West Coast bush in March. It has a white spore print.