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Giant Funnel

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Inedible Inedible
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A large chunky mushroom which can be found in fairly large numbers and is edible to most but can cause gastric upsets in some. This doesn’t really matter as the mushrooms are usually infested with maggots, even when young, making them more maggot than flesh.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Giant Funnel
Scientific Name Leucopaxillus giganteus
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 15-40
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

The cap starts ivory white and convex but soon flattens out with a downward turned edge before becoming funnel shaped and turning a tan/off white colour. This mushroom can be very varied in size with the cap measuring from ten to forty five cm across with the larger specimens being rarer.

Gills

White and crowded becoming off white with age. The gills are decurrent (running down the stem) and forked.

Stem

White with vertical ‘fibres’ which can discolour to tan.

Flesh

White, fairly tough and usually full of maggots.

Habitat

Open woodland and hedgerows, grassland and beside country lanes.

Possible Confusion

The Trooping Funnel, pictured, can look similar but has a much longer stem, an umbo in the middle of the cap and is more tan coloured.
Some members of the Clitocybe family can look like the Giant Funnel but the clue is in the name, the cap can be up to forty five cm in diameter with a short, thick stem distinguishing it from most Clitocybe.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid and smooth.

Taste / Smell

Not a highly regarded mushroom.

Frequency

Not common.

Other Facts

This mushroom is reported as edible but can cause gastric upsets in some people so it is best to try just a small amount well cooked if it your first time trying them.

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