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The Miller

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This is not a mushroom for novice foragers as it looks very like the deadly poisonous Clitocybe dealbata or rivulosa and great care should be taken when trying to identify this species.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Miller, The Sweetbread Mushroom
Scientific Name Clitopilus prunulus
Season Start Jun
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

White to porcelain white with a fine suede like surface when dry. Starts fairly round but develops very uneven lobed edges and a depressed centre.

Gills

White turning to pink as the pink spores colour them. Strongly decurrent, running down the stem.

Stem

White with slight grey hints and not always joined to the middle of the cap and can be quite eccentric.

Flesh

White/grey white.

Habitat

In mixed woodland in clearings especially coniferous woodland, hedgerows and roadsides.

Possible Confusion

Can look very like the Deadly Poisonous Clitocybe dealbata or rivulosa although these generally grow in rings in grassland. The best id for The Miller is the smell, like raw dough in polite company but described more accurately as spermatazoic in some mycology books.

Spore Print

Pink. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Strong mushroom taste when cooked but smells of raw dough.

Frequency

Common.

COMMENTS

2 comments for The Miller

  1. P H says:

    These look uncannily like st georges too at a glance. Are there any obvious differences in telling these apart?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The St Georges Mushroom has a stouter stem, a lot more flesh above the gills and has a distinct smell of either sawdust, paper or watermelon, depending who you ask and the Miller is smaller, thinner, has decurrent gills and smells of raw dough. The Miller prefers a woodland or hedgerow habitat, the St Georges prefers open grassland although can occasionally be found in grass next to hedgerows or woodland.

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