Identify Wood Blewits

Common Names

Wood Blewit

Botanical Name

Lepista (clitocybe) Nuda

Meaning of Botanical Name

Lepista meaning goblet referring to the funnel shape of mature specimens, Nuda meaning naked

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Fungi, 

Division:Basidiomycota,

Class: Agaricomycetes, 

Order: Agaricales,

Family: Tricholomataceae

Genus: Lepista  

Known Hazards

Can cause gastric upset if not cooked

Could be confused with

Violet webcap

Food of

Insect larvae

Range and Distribution

Common throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, North America

Habitat

Grows often in rings on leaf litter 

Physical Characteristics

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.

Edible Uses

Cooked well this mushroom is delicious going well with pasta, soups, stews etc.

Extra info

This mushroom can occasionally be found all year round though most often November and December

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