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Clitopilus prunulus

''Clitopilus prunulus'', commonly known as the miller or the sweetbread mushroom, is an edible pink-spored basidiomycete mushroom found in grasslands in Europe and North America. Growing Solitary to gregarious in open areas of conifer/hardwood forests; common under Bishop pine along the coast north of San Francisco; fruiting shortly after the fall rains. It has a grey to white cap and decurrent gills.
Sweetbread Mushroom - Clitopilus prunulus White, suede-like, convex cap with an inrolled margin. Gills were white, decurrent, and close. The cap was about 6 cm diameter.

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Appearance

The cap is initially convex when young, but in maturity flattens out, usually with a shallow central depression. It is white or light gray or yellow, sticky when moist, and 3 to 10 cm in diameter with a characteristic feel to the touch of chamois skin. The gills are decurrent in attachment to the stipe, spaced together rather closely, and whitish, although they often develop a pinkish hue in age. The stipe is 3 to 8 cm long × 4–15 mm thick, and white. This mushroom has a mealy odor, somewhat like cucumber. The spore print is pink. Spores are 9–12 × 5–6.5 µm. Scopoli described it smelling like freshly ground flour. ''C. prunulus'' may be found growing on the ground in hardwood and coniferous woods in the summer and fall.

The variant ''C. prunulus'' var. ''orcellus'' has a slimy cap and white colors.

Naming

The poisonous ''Clitocybe rivulosa'' looks similar. The miller has pink spores whereas those of the fools funnel are white, the gills of the miller are more easily pulled away, and the miller smells of raw pastry. The miller also prefers woodland whereas fool's funnel is a grassland species.

Distribution

''C. prunulus'' has been recorded from Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Sikkim, and from under cork oak in Morocco.

It is found in Valdaysky National Park in Russia.

A specimen identified as ''C.'' cf ''prunulus'' collected from Kermandie Track in southern Tasmania was related though basal to other collections of the species.

Habitat

''C. prunulus'' has been recorded from Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Sikkim, and from under cork oak in Morocco.

It is found in Valdaysky National Park in Russia.

A specimen identified as ''C.'' cf ''prunulus'' collected from Kermandie Track in southern Tasmania was related though basal to other collections of the species.

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionBasidiomycota
ClassAgaricomycetes
OrderAgaricales
FamilyEntolomataceae
GenusClitopilus
SpeciesC. prunulus