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Inedible Mushrooms

Here is a list of inedible mushrooms. The mushrooms are not necessary poisonous, but useless as food.

Take in consideration that mushrooms can look different depending on the location and climate. The photos on this page may not be representable for species in your area.

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Clitocybe clavipes   (Alcohol Funnel Cap)
Family
Thricholomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 4-8 cm diameter, stem 3-7 cm tall * 1-1.5 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This medium-sized agaric has a brownish grey, funnel-shaped cap and white girls that extend downward. It grows solitary or in small troops on soil in broad-leaf woods, favorfavoring beech.

[Description is under work.]

Ampulloclitocybe clavipes (Clitocybe clavipes) on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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Clitocybe gibba   (Common Funnel Cap)
Family
Thricholomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 3-8 cm diameter, stem 3-8 cm tall * 0.5-1 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This medium-sized agaric has a pale buff, funnel-shaped cap and whitish gills that are extending downward. It grows solitary or in small troops on soil in broad-leaf woods and on heaths.

Cap is pink-tinged, leather brown and smooth, silky, and funnel-shaped, typically with a wavy margin. Flesh is soft and white with a fruity smell. Gills are closely spaced, white and deeply extended downward. Stem is similarly colored as the cap. It is smooth and more or less equal apart from a slightly swollen base. Ring is absent.Spores are white-cream colorcolored.

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Clitocybe nebularis   (Clouded Funnel Cap)
Family
Tricholomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 8-20 cm diameter, stem 5-10 cm tall * 1.4-4 cm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This medium or large agaric, with cloud-grey, funnel-shaped cap and white, decurrent gills, grows typically in troops or rings on soil in broad leaf or coniferous woods.

Cap initially convex with an incurved margin, later flattened or shallowly depressed. The color is greyish to light brownish-grey. A white mycelium powder makes the mushroom's hat look white powdered. Gills white or buff, decurrent, broad, crowded. Stem colored as cap, stout and tapering upwards. The mushroom has no ring. Flesh white, thick, brittle, stuffed, becoming hollow. Odour strong, sweet or fruity. Taste not distinctive.

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Collybia dryophila   (Common Collybia)
Family
Tricholomataceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-6 cm diameter, stem 2-6 cm tall * 0.2-0.5 cm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This smallish agaric has a pale tan cap, whitish gills, and a flushed tan stem. The mushroom occurs in troops or more or less tufted on soil and scattered leaves under leafy and coniferous trees.

Cap convex, and russet to ochre. Gills only thinly attached to the stem, whitish and crowded. Spores are white. Stem more or less similarly colored as the cap, more or less equal but slightly bulbous at base. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Collybia aquosa has pale pink rhizoids and Collybia ocior has a rather dark cap and pale yellow gills.

Synonyms the mushroom is now known under the name Gymnopus dryophilus.

Gymnopus dryophilus (Collybia dryophila) on the www.first-nature.com web site.
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Coltricia perennis   (Funnel Polypore)
Family
Hymenochaetaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 2-8 cm diameter, stem 0.2-1 cm thick * 1.3-3.5 cm tall
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This annual polypore is very unusual in that it grows in the soil rather than on dead wood.

Fruiting body upper surface zoned concentrically in shades of ochre, grey and rust with maroon tinge, disc-like, at first finely downy, becoming smooth with age; stem rusty-brown, downy, more or less central. Flesh brown, thin, corky, harder when dry.

Similar species Several tooth-fungi are similar above but have spiny undersides.

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Coprinus plicatilis   (Umbrella Inky Cap)
Family
Coprinaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 0.8–2 cm; stem 4-8 cm tall * 1-2 mm diameter
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This small, delicate, buff, parasol-like agaric grows solitary or scattered on soil in lawns and other short grass.

Cap buff, more cinnamon at the centre and later with gray tinge at the margin. The shape is ovoid at first, becoming convex or bell-shaped, then flat and finally shallowly convex like a parasol. Gills pallid clay, soon grey and finally black; free from the stem; close or nearly distant. Stem white or buff, equal above a slightly swollen base; fragile; hollow; bald or very finely silky. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Coprinus auricomus tends to be a bit bigger and has browner cap. A microscope reveals thick-walled brown hairs, confirming it's identity. Other similar species include Coprinus keuhneri, Coprinus leiocephalus and Coprinus nudiceps. They can be distinguished only by carefully measuring the spores.

Parasola plicatilis on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Cortinarius alboviolaceus   (Silvery Violet Cort)
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 5-8 cm diameter, stem 5-12 cm tall * 1-2 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This agaric has a convex to umbonate, fleshy, silvery violet cap. It grows with deciduous trees, but also found with conifers, often on acidic soil.

Cap at first domed and then shallowly convex with a broad umbo, the dry, silky caps vary in colour from almost white through pale lilac to pale mauve. The rather broad, sinuate, notched gills are medium spaced and light gray-blue to cinnamon-brown. Stem The twisted, often club-shaped stem is often bowed rather than straight, is pale and fibrous with a slightly clavate (club-shaped) base and sometimes marked rust-brown around the veil zone by deposited spores.

Similar species Cortinarius malachius has a slightly scaly cap. It is associated with conifers, as are Cortinarius camphoratus and Cortinarius tranganus, which are noted for their penetrating smells; the former reminiscent of half-rotten potatoes, the latter sweet and sticky.

Cortinarius alboviolaceus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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Cortinarius armillatus   (Red-banded Cort)
Family
Cortinariaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 4-12 cm diameter, stem 6-12 cm tall * 1-3 cm thick
Edibility
Inedible

Description
This medium or large agaric has a rust-brown, bell-shaped, fibrous cap, rust gills and reddish belts on stem with swollen base. It grows typically in acidic soil in heathy situations, typically with birch.

Cap bell shaped at first, later flattening out, vividly rust-brown becoming slightly paler with age, with small fibrous scales, often with reddish cortinal remnants forming a belt at margin. Gills dark rust-brown; broad, distant and shallowly sinuate. Spores are rusty brown. Stem is a pallid cap color streaked with fibrils, more or less equal but markedly swollen at base. Ring is made of velar remnants forming one or more orange-red median or inferior ring zones. Flesh is light brown.

Cortinarius armillatus on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.
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