Honey Fungus Scientific name:Armillaria mellea (Vahl) P. Kumm. 1871 Synonyms:Species Fungorum 10.12.2013: Agaricus melleus Vahl 1790 Agaricus sulphureus Weinm. Armillaria mellea var. maxima Barla 1887 Armillaria mellea var. minor Barla 1887 Armillaria mellea var. sulphurea (Weinm.) Fr. 1879 Armillariella mellea (Vahl) P. Karst. 1881 Clitocybe mellea (Vahl) Ricken 1915 Lepiota mellea (Vahl) J.E. Lange 1915 Omphalia mellea (Vahl) Quél. 1886 Habit of Growth:
Mushroom is not protected Trees: Alnus glutinosa (Black alder)d0d0
, Fagus (Beech)d1d1d1d1d1
, Quercus (Oak)d2d2
Cap: 4-12 cm across, obtusely conic when young, hemispherical convex, with an incurved margin and attached partial veil, later planoconvex to somewhat indented, dull surface, dry, olive yellow to olive brown when young, later fading from the margin inward to honey yellow, margin almost whitish, center dark brown to black brown, when young with sparsely scattered, appressed to slightly erect, yellow squamules which disappear in age, when young margin even, later finely translucent-striate.
Hymenophore: lamellae are whitish, spotting red brown, broad, broadly adnate and decurrent as a low extension, edges are undulating to slightly crenate.
Spore print: white
Spore: broadly elliptic with drops, 7,1-9,3(10,9) x 5-7 μm
Stem: 5-12 x 0,5-1,5 cm, cylindric, often bent, base slightly thinner or somewaht thicker, with a membranous persistent, whitish annulus below the apex, annulus with a yellow marginal zone on the underside, radially fibrillose and with occasional flocci, stipe whitish flesh colored and longitudinally grooved to longitudinally fibrillose above the annulus, brownish with a flesh colored tint and longitudinally fibirllose below, with yellowish tones toward the base, solid when young, hollow when old, elastic, tough.
Flesh: whitish with a flesh colored tint, thin, odor somewhat musty, taste mild, after being chewed iritating.
Habitat: clustered on fruit trees and hardwoods, such as beech and oak, parasitic or saprophytic, on stumps, trunks, or roots, grows from summer to late fall.
Edibility: edible only if cooked