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Clitocybe candicans

Common Name:  None

Synonyms: Species Fungorum

Substrate: Wood

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: White

Microscopic Features: Spores 4.5-6 x 2.5-4

Edibility: Unknown

Comments: 

This is one of many small Clitocybes that you can find growing from the leaf litter on the forest floor. The cap has a "yellowish-ground" color often with a white watery color over the top. It also has an inrolled margin when young and a depressed central disc with age. The decurrrent gills can end in a collar on the stem. The yellowish stem will often have white mycelium at the base.

This species should not have a disctinctive odor or taste.

Lookalikes: 

There are several other frequently encountered small Clitocybes. Clitocybe dealbata is common in grasses and lawns. Clitocybe coniferophila, as the name suggests, is found in pine duff. Other similar species will have a farinaceous, or otherwise fragant odor. 

Pictures:

Clitocybe gibba

9/16/11 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN 

Clitocybe gibba

Clitocybe gibba

9/27/11 - Morgan Monroe State Forest

Clitocybe americana

Unsure of this small springtime Clitocybe at the moment, so putting it here as a placeholder. 

5/23/13 - Yellowwood State Forest - Brown County, IN