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This page is used to feature mushrooms that are prevalent for the particular time of the year or, during the winter months, to feature some of the less desirable or hard to find mushrooms. To see some of our previous stars follow this link to an index of previously featured mushrooms.

                March's Mushroom of the Month

Clitocybe clavipes: clubfoot

 

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The clubfoot is one of the mushrooms that interact badly with alcohol.  Clitocybe clavipes produces a chemical that is close to the chemical Antabuse which is used to help alcoholics recover.  The symptoms resulting from combining this mushroom and alcohol are headaches, upper-body flushing and transient rashes.

The buff to gray brown cap ranges from 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5 cm.) across.  The cap is convex when young flattening and even becoming depressed with age.  The white, thick, spongy flesh becomes brittle with age.  The creamy yellow, somewhat distant gills are deeply decurrent (running down the stem).  The whitish stem is 1 to 2 ½ inches (2.5 to 6.25 cm.) tall and has a very enlarged, spongy base often as wide as the cap itself.  The odor is strong and sweet and the taste is mild.  The mushrooms fruit singly or in groups on the ground usually under conifers but occasionally under hardwoods.  The spore print is white.  In Michigan they fruit from July to November.