Pseudoclitocybe obbata

Pseudoclitocybe obbata

Status:

Scarce, possibly overlooked.

Pseudo means 'false' and clitocybe means 'depressed head' or decurrent gills.

Cap:

2-6 cm

Stem:

2-7 cm

A kind of 'cup'

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Description

A species which is not illustrated in many UK field guides therefore its true status may not really be known. It is a species that resembles the much commoner Goblet (Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis) but is not found in woodland, instead it is often found in unimproved grassland and often where there are other species such as the Limestone Waxcap (Hygrocybe calciphila) and Cedarwood Waxcap (Hygrocybe russocoriacea).


It is hygrophanous, so it can be paler when dry and darker when wet with different rings of colour on the cap as it is drying out. 

Smell

Not distinctive.

Season

Autumn to Winter, often found well after most mushrooms have finished for the year.

Habitat & Distribution

Unimproved grassland, coastal grassland. Thought not to occur on nitrogen rich soils. Often occurs with waxcaps.

Edibility

Not edible.

Confusion Species

Spores 

Spore Print Colour

Off white to slightly pale grey.

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Very similar to the Goblet (Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis), but is found in unimproved grassland where as the Gobelt occurs in woodland, whilst it can be found in grassland there are trees or shrubs very nearby.