Author: Jan Scholten
Synonyme: Lepista nebularis; Agaricus nebularis; Gymnopus nebularis; Omphalia nebularis.
English: Clouded agaric; Cloud funnel.
German: Nebelgraue Trichterling; Nebelkappe; Graukappe.
Region: Europe and North America.
Habitat: conifer-dominated forests, broad-leaved woodland.
Use: edible, class 4 in Russia, but easily confused with the poisonous Entoloma sinuatum.
Clitocybe nebularis is an abundant gilled fungus. The cap of the mushroom is ± 15 cm in diameter, convex with an incurved margin, becoming plane to depressed in shape, greyish to light brownish-grey, and often covered in a whitish bloom when young. The surface is usually dry to moist, and radially fibrillose. The stem is stout, swollen towards the base, becomes hollow with age, and is easily broken, lighter than the cap. The flesh is white, and very thick. It has a foul-smelling odour, which has been described as slightly farinaceous to rancid.