The Ivory Funnel
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.
|Common Names||The Ivory Funnel|
|Scientific Name||Clitocybe dealbata|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||7|
|Average Cap width (CM)||4|
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 white/cream, decurrent (running down the stem), fairly broad, becoming pinkish buff. Crowded.
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.
Taste / Smell
No part of this mushroom should be tasted.
This mushroom is DEADLY POISONOUS, it contains a lethal amount of muscarine. The antidote for muscarine poisoning is atropine.