The Ivory Funnel

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

There is now some controversy as to whether Clitocybe dealbata and Clitocybe rivulosa (the Fool’s Funnel) are close variants of the same species or separate species, with dealbata growing inland and rivulosa growing nearer the coast.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Ivory Funnel
Scientific Name Clitocybe dealbata
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 7
Average Cap width (CM) 4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Convex to flattening becoming depressed in the middle with a slightly inrolled edge. White and slightly dusty when young, very pale grey/brown on aging.

Gills

Gills white/cream, decurrent (running down the stem), fairly broad, becoming pinkish buff. Crowded.

Stem

White/Off-white, can have a tan blush. No skirt.

Flesh

Off white.

Habitat

Pasture, fields, lawns, beside paths and roadsides, frequently in rings or troops.

Possible Confusion

The Fool’s Funnel (Clitocybe rivulosa), which might be the same species, is undistinguishable to the forager and is deadly poisonous.
The Fairy Ring Champion, Marasmius oreades. The gills are important for separating these two mushrooms. The gills of the Fairy Ring Champignon gills are free of the stem (see photo) while the gills of the Ivory Funnel are decurrent, they run down the stem.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

No part of this mushroom should be tasted.

Frequency

Common.

Other Facts

This mushroom is DEADLY POISONOUS, it contains a lethal amount of muscarine. The antidote for muscarine poisoning is atropine.

COMMENTS

2 comments for The Ivory Funnel

  1. Andrew Kidd says:

    I think I have found this yesterday in my lawn two days ago 23 March in Kent, UK. Everything fits, but the timing. Can it appear in Spring?

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      I havent seen any in Spring but that doesn’t mean that unusual conditions couldn’t bring them out early.

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