Clitocybe fragrans is a white mushroom with a "fragrant" (fragrans) odor of aniseed and can be confused with the aniseed toadstool. The cap ranges from 1–5 cm (0.39–1.97 in) in diameter. The stem is 2–6 cm (0.79–2.36 in) long and 2–5 mm wide.[2] While edible, it should be avoided as it can be confused with deadly poisonous species,[3] including Clitocybe dealbata (which lacks the anise odor).[2] It also resembles Clitocybe odora.[2]

Clitocybe fragrans
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Clitocybaceae
Genus: Clitocybe
C. fragrans
Binomial name
Clitocybe fragrans
(With.) P.Kumm. (1871)
  • Agaricus fragrans With. (1792)
  • Clitocybe deceptiva H.E.Bigelow (1982)
  • Clitocybe depauperata (J.E.Lange) P.D.Orton (1960)
  • Clitocybe fragrans var. depauperata J.E.Lange (1930)
  • Lepista fragrans (With.) Harmaja (1976)
  • Omphalia fragrans (With.) Gray (1821)
  • Pseudolyophyllum fragrans (With.) Raithelh. (1978)
Clitocybe fragans
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Gills on hymenium
Cap is flat
Hymenium is decurrent
Stipe is bare
Spore print is white
Ecology is mycorrhizal
Edibility is edible but not recommended


  1. ^ "Synonymy: Clitocybe fragrans (With.) P. Kumm". Index Fungorum. CAB International. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  2. ^ a b c Davis, R. Michael; Sommer, Robert; Menge, John A. (2012). Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-0-520-95360-4. OCLC 797915861.
  3. ^ Phillips, Roger (2010). Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-55407-651-2.