Lepista (clitocybe) Nuda
Meaning of Botanical Name
Lepista meaning goblet referring to the funnel shape of mature specimens, Nuda meaning naked
Can cause gastric upset if not cooked
Could be confused with
Range and Distribution
Common throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, North America
Grows often in rings on leaf litter
Buff brown caps with a violet tinge, the surface of the cap is almost translucent and you can often see lines when maggots have nibbled the flesh, with age the cap can become wavy at the edge and funnel shaped, the gills are a pale violet colour, crowded and sinuate. The stem often has a faint vertical striated pattern leading down to a bulbous base which has often got fluffy white mycelium attached. This mushroom has a slightly perfumy smell and a pinkish white spore print.
Cooked well this mushroom is delicious going well with pasta, soups, stews etc.
This mushroom can occasionally be found all year round though most often November and December