Tawny Funnel - Lepista flaccida

    Description

    Cap 5 to 9 cm across, flattened-convex at first then funnel shaped, smooth, pale ochraceous buff becoming tawny or orangey with age. Gills deeply decurrent, narrow and crowded. Spore print white or cream. 

    Similar Species

    Lepista flaccida looks similar to at least two Clitocybe species and it is very difficult to identify them by eye. Although the common and scientific names suggest that this is a ‘funnel’, in fact it is now classed as one of the ‘blewits’. The cap frequently has a spout-like low point, making for a jug-like appearance. This and the much thinner cap flesh help in distinguishing the Tawny Funnel from the superficially similar Common Funnel, Clitocybe gibba.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Near the base of trees, often in woods. Usually found in groups.

    When to see it

    Autumn

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map