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October's Mushroom of the Month
Clitocybe irina aka
Lepista irina aka Rhodopaxillus irinus: Flowery
Lepista Irina is a mushroom sought by a number of
Michigan mushroom hunters; particularly those who are
alumni of Professor Emeritus Robert Shaffer’s former
mushroom classes for amateurs.
The flowery blewit is a very good edible that can
be used in a wide range of recipes.
It is somewhat difficult to learn to distinguish
this large white mushroom from other species in
The whitish to dingy buff to pale pinkish tan cap ranges
from 1 ½ to 5 inches (4 to 13 cm.) wide with a low broad
The margin is inrolled and cottony when young.
The surface is slightly sticky but soon becomes
white to slightly pinkish flesh is thick.
The odor is fragrant but sometimes only faintly.
stalk ranges from 1 ¾ to 3 inches (4 to 8 cm.) long and
3/8 to 1 inch (1 to 2.5 cm.) wide. The attached, white
to pale pink gills are adnate (attached at a 90 degree
angle) to slightly decurrent (90 degree angle).
The spore print is a pale pinkish buff.
This mushroom occurs most frequently in conifers
especially spruce but it can be found in mixed hardwoods
I have found this good edible occurring in large fairy
rings; one memorable ring was an oval roughly 15 feet
wide and 30 feet long with the ring of mushrooms about a
I have used these mushrooms in various casserole type
dishes and sautéed with meat.