Clawfoot talker (Ampulloclitocybe clavipes) photo and description

Clawfoot talker (Ampulloclitocybe clavipes)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoric)
  • Genus: Ampulloclitocybe
  • Species: Ampulloclitocybe clavipes


  • Clavate-footed talker;

  • Clitocybe clavipes.

Mace-footed talker

Ampulloclitocybe clavipes (lat. Ampulloclitocybe clavipes ) - form fungi family hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoraceae). Previously, it was ranked as a member of the family Tricholomataceae.


Diameter 4-8 cm, convex in youth, with age it opens up to prostrate and even funnel-shaped, sometimes with a tubercle in the center. The color is vaguely gray, brownish, the edges are usually much lighter. The flesh of the cap is loose, hygrophane (very watery in damp weather), it can emit a strong sweetish odor (or it may not).


Medium frequency, strongly descending along the peduncle, white in youth, then acquire a light cream color.

Spore powder:



3-9 cm in height, solid, usually strongly widening towards the base, clavate, occasionally almost cylindrical, smooth or slightly fibrous, pubescent at the base. The thickness of the leg is 0.5-1 cm in the upper part and 1-3.5 cm in the lower part. The color of the leg changes with age from almost white to brownish-gray, almost the color of the cap. The flesh of the leg is whitish, friable, hygrophilous, fibrous.


The clubfoot talker meets from mid-July to mid-October in forests of various types, apparently preferring pine from coniferous trees, and birch from deciduous trees; during the most active fruiting period (late August - early September) it grows very abundantly, in large groups.

Similar species:

The club-shaped stem and deeply creeping plates make it easy to distinguish the Clavorushka from other gray fleshy mushrooms - from the clouded govorushka (Clitocybe nebularis), the soapy line (Tricholoma saponaceum) and others.


It is considered a very poor quality edible mushroom .


It is not so often that the name of a mushroom directly corresponds to its properties. Porcini mushrooms have practically nothing white in nature. The russula will eat raw only slugs. Boletus grows under anything. But the clubfoot talker justifies its name at least half. Her swollen elephant leg is a wonderful feature to define, and for that alone, we must love and respect her. You rarely see such a flexible mushroom.

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