Aniseed toadstool

Clitocybe odora

''Clitocybe odora'', also known as the aniseed toadstool, is a blue-green mushroom that grows near deciduous and coniferous trees. They can be found growing in small groups along the side of tree roots.
Aniseed Toadstool - Clitocybe odora Cap: Silvery gray; flat; dry; finely hairy; lined margin
Gills: Decurrent; whitish
Stem: Whitish with some discoloration; equal; lots of basal mycelium
Habitat: Growing on the ground/buried rotting wood in a mostly deciduous area of a mixed forest
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Appearance

Young specimens have a light blue texture on the cap which fades to grey in age. The gills and stem are white with no ring.

Full grown specimens have blue-green, flowery, cup-shaped caps; the gills are creamy white, or reflect the blue-green color of the cap. The cap's surface feels rough. The stem is thick, is attached to the gills with no rings, and is textured, with a pale-yellow colour. The younger ones have a bell-shaped cap with a light blue or icy blue colour. The gills and stem are white, or bluish green. It has a strong scent and taste of aniseed, hence its name.

There is a white variety that has the same strong odour.
young Clitocybe odora  Aniseed toadstool,Clitocybe odora,Fall,Geotagged,Israel

Distribution

Found in both deciduous, and coniferous woods, it is widespread in the temperate zones, occurring in Asia, Europe, and North America. On the East Coast of North America it favours oak woodland, but it is often abundant in the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Clitocybe odora beautiful bluish shade, and nice anise scent  Aniseed toadstool,Clitocybe odora,Fall,Geotagged,Israel

Habitat

Found in both deciduous, and coniferous woods, it is widespread in the temperate zones, occurring in Asia, Europe, and North America. On the East Coast of North America it favours oak woodland, but it is often abundant in the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Aniseed Toadstool - Clitocybe odora Cap: Silvery gray; flat; dry; finely hairy; lined margin
Gills: Decurrent; whitish
Stem: Whitish with some discoloration; equal; lots of basal mycelium
Habitat: Growing on the ground/buried rotting wood in a mostly deciduous area of a mixed forest
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90709/aniseed_toadstool_-_clitocybe_odora.html
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/90707/aniseed_toadstool_-_clitocybe_odora.html Clitocybe odora,Geotagged,Summer,United States

Uses

This mushroom is edible, but a few expert mushroom hunters insist that young specimens should be avoided as can be confused with ''Stropharia aeruginosa''. The anise odor is due to the presence of ''p''-anisaldehyde and a small amount of benzaldehyde. This odor can give away the mushroom's presence before it is observed by eye.

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Taxonomy
KingdomFungi
DivisionBasidiomycota
ClassAgaricomycetes
OrderAgaricales
FamilyTricholomataceae
GenusClitocybe
SpeciesC. odora