Clitocybula     Genus

Cortinarius husseyiKey to Gilled Mushrooms     Key
This is a key to gilled mushrooms, that is, mushrooms having a definite cap with a fertile surface consisting of gills. The fruiting body usually also has a stem, although that may be lateral or absent (usually, then, the mushroom is growing from wood). You can use this key to identify mushrooms that you find.

TricholomaAgaricales     Order
Fruiting body containing fibers (usually in the stalk)

Amanita onustaWhite Spored     Suborder
Spore print "light-colored": white or buff, sometimes tinged with pink or tan. Greenish and (except for the Russulales) yellow spore prints also go here
Stalk fibrous, not fracturing like a piece of chalk

TricholomataceaeTricholomataceae     Family
None of the special features distinguishing the other white-spored genera:
Gills not free, as in the Lepiotas and Amanitas
Basidia not extra-long, as in the Hygrophoraceae
Spores smooth, except for Lentinellus

HygrocybeLignicolous Trich     Subfamily
Growing on trees or dead wood, leaves, or sticks, or organic debris, often in moss

Armillaria tabescensNormal LignoTrich     Tribe
Shaped like a “normal mushroom”
Small and fragile to medium-sized, except for one large, grey-capped species

Small Ligno Trich     Subtribe
Fruiting body small: cap up to 1 1/4" across (and most clearly smaller than that)

Clitocybula     Genus     (Singer) Métrod


Microscropic Characters


As far as I'm concerned, this is a fairly confused genus: I've seen the names in it stuck on all sorts of things that don't seem to match the last species concept that I saw. Of course, it may just be me who's confused; but if so, that's why..

Narrow down your identification:

Clitocybula abundans
Cap up to 1 1/4" across, some shade of light tan or grey, with fine silky hairs
Gills whitish
On coniferous wood

Clitocybula familia
Cap up to 1 1/2" across, some shade of light tan or grey, smooth, margin incurved when young
Gills whitish
On coniferous wood

Clitocybula lacerata
Cap surface radially streaked, mimicking striations; 3/4" to 2 1/2" across, in general some shade of tan or grey
On any kind of wood