Brown-yellow talker (Paralepista gilva) photo and description

Brown-yellow talker (Paralepista gilva)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
  • Genus: Paralepista (Paralepista)
  • Species: Paralepista gilva (Brown-yellow talker)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Row waterspot
  • Row golden


  • Row waterspot

  • Row golden

  • Row brown-yellow

  • Clitocybe gilva

  • Lepista gilva

  • Clitocybe gilva

The row is water-spotted


A hat with a diameter of 3-6 (10) cm, first convex with a slightly noticeable tubercle and with a bent edge, then slightly depressed with a thin curved edge, smooth, hygrophane, dry in small wet spots (a characteristic feature), in wet weather watery, matte , yellowish-ocher, yellow-orange, reddish, yellowish, brownish-yellowish, fades to cream, yellowish-milky, almost white, often with rusty spots.

The plates are frequent, narrow, descending, sometimes forked, light, yellowish, then brownish, sometimes with rusty specks.

The spore powder is whitish.

The stem is 3-5 cm long and 0.5-1 cm in diameter, cylindrical, even or curved, slightly narrowed towards the base, fibrous, with a white pubescent base, solid, yellow ocher, pale ocher, monochrome with laminae or darker.

The pulp is thin, dense, light, yellowish, creamy, with an aniseed odor, according to some reports, slightly bitter, mealy.


The brown-yellow talker grows from early July to late October (massively from mid-August to mid-October) in coniferous and mixed forests, in groups, not uncommon.


The brown-yellow talker resembles an inverted talker, from which it differs in a lighter ocher watery cap and lighter yellowish plates and a leg. Both mushrooms in some foreign sources are indicated as poisonous, therefore, their distinction, for food use, does not matter much.

The red row (Lepista inversa) is very similar, growing in similar conditions. A water-spotted row can be distinguished only by a lighter hat, and even then not always.


According to some foreign sources, the Talker is brown-yellow - a poisonous mushroom (like an inverted talker) with poisons similar to muscarine. According to other mycological sources, it is an edible or conditionally edible mushroom . Our mushroom pickers, as a rule, rarely collect it.


Sometimes the brown-yellow govorushka is combined with closely related species and is considered synonymous with Clitocybe flaccida var. lobata or simply Clitocybe lobata, Clitocybe splendens, Clitocybe inversa var. flaccida or even Clitocybe inversa.

Current name (according to Index Fungorum):  Paralepista gilva