Clitopilus prunulus
the miller, sweetbread mushroom

Distribution: Widely distributed in conifer as well as deciduous hardwood forests.

Habitat: Conifer and hardwood forests.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Edibility: It is edible, but not first-rate.


It is edible, but not first-rate.

Identification Notes:

Clitopilus prunulus is a medium-sized, rather fleshy mushroom with decurrent gills and an equal to tapering central or off-center stipe that may be enlarged at the base. The cap is typically plane or umbonate, dry and whitish with beige, grayish, or pinkish tones, and its margin typically is inrolled. The gills are rather thin, whitish, and develop pinkish tones as they mature. The stipe is similar in color to the cap. The fresh mushrooms have a farinaceous odor, which accounts for its common name.

Sources: Trudell, Steve and Joe Ammirati. Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Timber Press, Inc. 2009.

Accepted Name:
Clitopilus prunulus (Scop.) P. Kumm.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clitopilus prunulus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

CalPhotos: Clitopilus prunulus photos.

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