The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County

Genus: Pseudoclitocybe

Family: Tricholomataceae

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Known Species in the County

Approximately 1 species in Santa Cruz County.

Pseudoclitocybe Records from Santa Cruz County:

Pseudoclitocybe are represented in Santa Cruz (and the west coast in general) by a single species, Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis. Although relatively drab, it is recognizable by a combination of shape, size, and color. The funnel-shaped cap with deep central depression, dark gray-brown colors, and medium-sized fruitbodies distinguish it from similar species.

All known species are saprobic.

Identification is reliant on elimination of other genera, especially Clitocybe, usually with lighter colors, and less deeply depressed caps, and Arrhenia with smaller, lignicolous fruitbodies.