Monday, 20 March 2017

Aroma-dentity ...

Fragrant Funnel (Clitocybe fragrans)

Widespread and common throughout much of Britain, C. fragrans can be found in both deciduous and coniferous woodland, often amongst mosses and grasses, and also on woodchip mulch in gardens. Although superficially resembling many other ‘brown’ fungi it has a sickly-sweet anise scent [along with a number of other species], which forms an element of the characteristics of this species. The above specimen was recently photographed in a mature conifer plantation in West Sussex.

My thanks to Nick Aplin of the Sussex Fungus Group who kindly confirmed the identification.


Buczacki, S., Shields, C. and Ovenden, D. (2012). Collins Fungi Guide: The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain & Ireland. London: HarperCollins, p. 168, fig. p. 169.
Phillips, R. (2006). Mushrooms. London: Pan Macmillan, p. 92, fig. p. 93 (c).
Sterry, P. and Hughes. B. (2009). Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: HarperCollins, p. 118, fig. p. 119.


  1. Is that a relative of the sickener...clitobye family rings a nasty vomiting type bell

  2. The Sickener, Russula emetica, is a member of the Russulaceae whilst the Fragrant Funnel, Clitocybe fragrans, belongs to the Tricholomataceae. Many members of the Clitocybe are poisonous. I'm not a forager and certainly not an expert in this field but my personal view is don't eat wild fungi - hence the reason I never discuss edibility in my posts.