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Saprobic, growing on the debris or leaf litter of hardwoods or confiders. This species can be found throughout North America, Europe, and Asia growing during the summer, fall, and winter in warm climates. Grows scattered or in patches. Cap is smooth, convex with an enrolled margin, 2-11 cm long and a light blue-green color. Our specimen was approximately 6 cm across. With age, caps fade in color, become rougher, and margins become lined. Gills are attached and subdecurrent with the stem. They are crowded and off white to light pinkish. The stem of this species is 2-8 cm long, our specimen was approximately 3 cm long, and up to 16 mm thick. Stems are dry, whitish, slightly hairy, and have basal mycelium. It’s spore print is creamy white to pinkish; the cap turns orange with KOH, and smells and tastes of anise when young. This species, along with Lentinellus cochleatus and Agaricus essettei, have a strong odor of anise. In the case of C. odora, this smell is due to the odorous component p-Anisaldehyde (Rapior et al. 2002). A report found a novel mycovirus in C. odora that is similar to Tanathephorus cucumeris, but does not currently belong to any existing virus taxa (Heinze 2012). A study comparing and describing the bioactive compounds of several mushrooms found that Clitocybe odora has one of the highest ascorbic acid contents (172.65 mg/100 g) and antioxidant properties (EC₅₀ < 3.6 mg/ml) among the fungi studied (Vaz et al. 2011). ID number: 35.09.01.2021
White, Kathleen R.; Jergensen, Jacqueline A.; and Lam, Ada, "Clitocybe odora" (2021). Mycological Herbarium of Macrofungi from the East Brook Valley. 96.
Location: East Brook Valley, Walton, NY (TC- Tsuga Creek)