Smoky talker (Smoky row) (Clitocybe nebularis) photo and description

Smoky talker (Clitocybe nebularis)

  • 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 nebularis (Smoky Talker (Smoky Row))


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Smoky talker

Smoky talker or smoky ryadovka ( lat.Clitocybe nebularis ) is a mushroom of the genus of talkers of the Ryadovkov family.


Large, fleshy, 5-15 cm in diameter, at first hemispherical, prostrate with age, sometimes depressed. In youth, the edge of the cap is noticeably tucked; such "tucking" is often preserved in an extended form, making the appearance of the mushroom very characteristic. Color - ashy, sometimes with a yellowish tinge; the edges are lighter than the central area. The pulp is thick, white, becomes loose with age. The smell is very characteristic, fruity-floral (very noticeable during cooking).


Initially white, then yellowish, frequent, slightly descending.

Spore powder:



Thick, widening towards the base, often clavate, fleshy, full with age, light. Height 4-8 cm, thickness 1-3 cm.


The smoky govorushka grows from late summer to late autumn (especially abundantly from mid-September to the first decade of October, or even later) in spruce and mixed forests (apparently preferring to form mycorrhiza with spruce), as well as on the edges, in gardens, etc. Often appears in very large groups, forming rings and rows.

Similar species:

Many ryadovki and entolomes look like a smoky gossip, which, however, can be unmistakably identified by its characteristic โ€œflowerโ€ smell. If the smell is not so pronounced (which depends on the growing conditions), a distinctive feature of Clitocybe nebularis can be considered a certain "cottoniness" of the pulp in adult mushrooms, which is not characteristic of either the rowers or entol. Of course, these signs are extremely inaccurate, but having met once with a smoky row, it is easy to learn to distinguish it from all other mushrooms without any signs. Intuitive. On the other hand, not knowing the mushroom well, you can confuse it with the Clitocybe clavipes. The smell will put everything in its place.


Smoky row - Good edible mushroom, according to some sources - conditionally edible (in order to avoid misunderstandings, it is better to boil the mushroom, do not use the broth in food). Surprisingly, it boils down a lot - perhaps the boil down champion. Some sources, including Vishnevsky, talk about the toxicity of this mushroom, arguing it with some kind of heresy (allegedly, "causes shortness of breath and sweating"). I don't think you should take this seriously. Another thing is that not everyone likes the peculiar taste and especially the smell of the smoky row.

Video about the mushroom Smoky Talker:


Smoky Talker is a mushroom capable of falling in love with itself at first sight. Large, plump fruiting bodies; noble rough hats; solid legs-tubers. And the scale! ..

This mushroom can surprise. The pan was loaded with a huge slide, ten minutes - and the mushrooms were barely on the bottom. So boiled down. Or did they all smell? The famous "floral aroma" is most pronounced during cooking - especially if the smoky talkers are boiled separately from other mushrooms, by themselves. Can you imagine our amazement when the whole hut was suddenly filled with the scent of rose oil? They did not immediately think about mushrooms - no one warned us that it should be like this.

And what big worms there are in these talkers! .. I confess honestly: I have never seen such healthy worms before. That is, of course, separately - wherever it went, but as a system, when the cap of each overripe mushroom is filled with huge worms ... no, it was a big surprise.

Clitocybe nebularis is an interesting mushroom with a complex character. Earlier, for some reason, I ignored both ryadovki and talkers, considering them European spineless, "universal" mushrooms. Only now the whole depth of this delusion begins to reach me ...