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Armillaria mellea   (Honey Mushroom)
North America, Europe
Cap 3-15 cm diameter, stem 6-15 cm tall * 0.5-1.5 cm thick

This large agaric has a convex, flattened, or wavy, olive-tinged, pale yellow-brown cap with a darker center and sparse pale scales. It grows in dense clusters on and around the stumps of leaf and coniferous trees.

Cap convex at first but becoming flattened, often with a central raised umbo, later becoming somewhat dish-shaped. The margins are often arched at maturity and the surface is sticky when wet. Though typically ochraceous, this fungus is rather variable in appearance and sometimes has a few dark, hairy scales near the centre somewhat radially arranged. The flesh white, thin and firm. Gills at first white, sometimes becoming pinkish-yellow or discoloured with age, broad and fairly distant, attached to the stipe at right angles or are slightly decurrent, crowded. The spore print is white. Stem at first whitish, becoming yellowish or reddish brown, more or less equal or tapering towards the base, finely wholly. The ring is yellowish, cottony or woolly, superior and fairly persistent.

Similar species The mushroom can be mistaken with Galerina marginata, which is deadly poisonous.

Armillaria mellea on the First Nature Web site.
Armillaria mellea on the MushroomExpert.Com Web site.


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