Clitopilus prunulus is widespread edible saprobic fungus in predominantly Europe. There is no evidence of decline. it can be locally abundant where suitable habitat exists. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern (LC).
Why suggested for a Global Red List Assessment?
Widespread and fairly common in Europe. Reported from North America and parts of Asia. The area of occupancy (AOO) of this species is much larger than 2,000 km², and its extent of occurrence (EOO) is much larger than 20,000 km².
Population and Trends
The population size is likely to be very large since this is such a widespread species and more or less stable. There is no indication of any decline.
Habitat and Ecology
Clitopilus prunulus is a saprotrophic terrestrial fungus growing solitary or in small groups in broadleaved and coniferous forests, sometimes in wooded meadows or gardens. Often found on rich ground.
There are no major threats to this species.
No conservation measures are needed for this species since it is widespread and there are no major threats to it.
Use and Trade
Edible, but not among the most highly rated of mushrooms.
Food - human
Clitopilus prunulus, Sweden. Photo: Michael Krikorev.