Funnel talker (Clitocybe gibba) photo and description

Funnel talker (Clitocybe gibba)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
  • Genus: Clitocybe (Clitocybe or Talker)
  • Species: Clitocybe gibba (funnel-shaped talker)

Other names:

  • Fragrant talker
  • Fragrant talker
  • Funnel
  • Clitocybe infundibuliformis

Funnel talker

The funnel-shaped talker (Latin Clitocybe gibba ) is a species of mushrooms included in the genus Clitocybe of the family Tricholomataceae.


Diameter 4-8 cm, initially convex, with tucked edges, with age, it acquires a pronounced funnel-shaped, goblet shape. Color - fawn, grayish yellow, leathery. The pulp is rather thin (thick only in the central part), white, dry, with a peculiar smell.


Frequent, white, descending along the peduncle.

Spore powder:



Length 3-7 cm, diameter up to 1 cm, elastic-flexible, solid or "made", fibrous, thickening towards the base, cap color or lighter. At the base it is often covered with a kind of hyphae fluff.


The funnel-talker is found from mid-July to the end of September in forests of various types, along roads, often in large groups. Characteristic: grows in litter, very shallow.

Similar species:

It is difficult to confuse an adult funnel-shaped talker with something: the goblet shape and yellowish color speak for themselves. True, according to eyewitnesses, light specimens strongly resemble a poisonous whitish talker (Clitocybe dealbata), which, of course, is not at all good.


At a young age, the mushroom is edible. However, judging by the descriptions, there is no joy from this.


It seems to me very wrong when glamorous mycenas are called “modest workers of the forest”. It is not true! Modest toilers of the forest are just talkers, especially those like the funnel talker. The mushroom is quite expressive and at the same time modest: I have regularly met it for fifteen years, and during all this time I did not bother to find out what it is called - I had to leaf through the reference books. For two years I tried to photograph him for the site, and it was also unsuccessful: the mushroom is not given. (Rationally thinking people would say that this gossip grows on a soft bedding, where it is difficult to set up the tripod of the apparatus so that it does not wobble - therefore the difficulties - but does this explain anything?) And even now not everyone will agree with me that the pictures were successful. Such an independent and strong character has a funnel talker who, of course, belongs toto the working class elite in the mushroom world.