Saucer-shaped talker

Saucer-shaped talker (Clitocybe catinus ) Saucer-shaped talker (Clitocybe catinus) Saucer-shaped talker (Clitocybe catinus)

Saucer-shaped talker (Clitocybe catinus)

Systematics:

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
  • Genus: Clitocybe (Clitocybe or Talker)
  • Species: Clitocybe catinus (Saucer-shaped talker)

Synonyms:

  • Agaricus catinus
  • Omphalia catina
  • Clitocybe infundibuliformis var. catinus
  • Infundibulicybe catinus

Saucer-shaped talker - Clitocybe catinus

Description

Hat: 3-8 centimeters. In youth, it is almost flat, with growth very quickly acquires a concave, saucer-shaped shape, which then turns into a cup-shaped one and then takes the shape of a funnel. The surface of the cap is smooth, dry, slightly velvety to the touch, matte, not hygrophane. The color is whitish, creamy, light cream, sometimes with pink tints, with age it can acquire a yellowish tint.

Plates: descending, thin, white, whitish, with branches and plates. The edge of the plates is smooth.

Saucer-shaped talker - Clitocybe catinus

Leg: 3-6 centimeters high and about half a centimeter in diameter. In the color of the cap or slightly lighter. Fibrous, solid, cylindrical, central. The base of the leg can be slightly widened. The stem is smooth, not pubescent, but closer to the base it is often covered with thin velvety white mycelium.

Saucer-shaped talker - Clitocybe catinus

Flesh: very thin, soft, white. Does not change color when damaged. Taste and smell. Several different sources give diametrically opposite information. There are references to the 'Smell of bitter almonds', flour or even 'rancid flour' is also mentioned. At the same time, other sources indicate 'No particular taste or smell'.

Spore powder: white Spores 4-5 (7.5) 2-3 (5) microns. Whitish-creamy, tear-like, smooth, hyaline rather than amyloid, guteral.

Edibility

The mushroom is considered conditionally edible. No data on toxicity. If we consider that the flesh of Clitocybe catinus is thin, cottony (some sources indicate the epithet 'fluffy'), and the taste may turn out to be like rancid flour, then it can be collected only out of sports interest.

Similar species

The author considers it necessary to warn novice mushroom pickers: you should be extremely careful with light, white talkers! Whitish talker (Clitocybe dealbata) – poisonous. Collect the saucer talker only if you are sure.

Photo: Sergey.

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