Grooved talker (Clitocybe vibecina) is an inedible mushroom of the Ryadovkovye family. Fruiting occurs at the end of October, single specimens are found in early December.
Where grooved talkers grow
The main distribution of colonies is sparse coniferous massifs dominated by pines. The mycelium is located on fallen needles. It can grow among thickets of heather, on deciduous litter near oak or beech. Preference is given to open space, moderately moist soils with little acidity. Often forms fruiting bodies on the bark of fallen coniferous branches.
Grows in all regions with coniferous or mixed forests. Solitary specimens are not found, grooved talker forms numerous dense colonies. The fruiting period is rather late. The main growth occurs in mid or late autumn. In milder climates, the govorushka can be seen after the temperature drops to -4 0C.
What grooved talkers look like
The species is rarely found, it is difficult to identify it due to the variability of the color of the fruit body. The color of the cap depends on the humidity in the growing area. A mushroom in a moist environment absorbs a large amount of water, so the color becomes darker. Under normal conditions, the color is cream or light beige, during precipitation it turns brown, radial stripes are visible along the edge of the cap.
- The hat is round, regular, or with irregular wavy edges, diameter 3-5 cm. At the beginning of growth, it is slightly convex, then outstretched with curved or even edges.
- The surface is hygrophilous, dry, velvety, but changes depending on humidity. After precipitation, the protective film becomes wet and slippery. In dry weather, the surface can be hard, with fine wrinkles, faded.
- The indentation in the center of the cap is painted in a dark shade.
- The lower lamellar part is light gray. The plates are narrow, of different lengths. Short upper ones are formed along the edge, long ones descend to the leg. The arrangement is dense, tightly fused with the fruiting body.
- The pulp is thin and fragile. White in dry weather, light brown or gray after rain.
The stem of the mushroom is central, thin, grows up to 8 cm in length. Straight or curved - depends on the density of the colony. The shape is cylindrical, the structure is fibrous, brittle, hollow. In the upper part, a finely scaly white bloom is visible. A dense edge is formed near the mycelium. The color is light brown, usually gray, changing with age and moisture levels.
Important! The species completely lacks a veil.
Is it possible to eat grooved talkers
The fruit body is rather small with fine pulp, rarely found. There is no taste, the smell is pungent and repulsive, reminiscent of rotten flour. No toxicity information available. It is included in the group of inedible species.
The genus Ryadovkovy includes more than 100 representatives, only a few of them are conditionally edible, and are also poisonous. The grooved talker changes color depending on the environment, so it can be confused with an edible member of the genus. If the mushroom is in doubt, refrain from collecting.
How to distinguish grooved talkers
In dry weather, the color of the mushroom brightens, it looks like a pale-colored talker.
The hat is whitish-gray. The structure is watery. It begins to grow from the end of summer and continues until the onset of frost. Found in coniferous and mixed forests. A poisonous mushroom differs from a grooved govorushka in the absence of a mealy odor and in a gray color. In dry weather, the poisonous twin has an unpleasant musty odor.
The weak-smelling talker is also referred to as doubles.
The size of the mushrooms is the same, the places of growth are the same. Fruiting later: from December to January. The surface of the cap is covered with a thin waxy coating, transparent, light brown. Pulp with taste and smell of rancid flour. Plates are large, rare. The species is inedible.
The wax talker is a poisonous representative of the genus. Occurs in temperate climates, fruiting from September to November. Grows in small groups.
The double is larger in size, the cap has a wider depression in the center. The color is white, a dense wax coating cracks in dry weather, acquiring the structure of a marble surface. The taste is soft, astringent, the smell is spicy, pronounced, not repulsive.
Grooved talker is an inedible mushroom with a mealy taste and an unpleasant rancid odor. The fruit body is hygrophilous, changing color depending on the moisture level. Fruiting later, found in pine and mixed forests on coniferous, moss or deciduous litter. Forms dense colonies growing in rows or semicircles.