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synonyms: Armillaire couleur de miel, Boot-lace Fungus, Hallimasch, Honey Fungus, Tête de meduse
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Edible
fungus colour: Red or redish or pink, Brown, Grey to beige, Orange
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Ring on stem, Bulbous base of stem
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground, Grows on wood

Armillaria mellea (Vahl. ex Fr.) Kummer syn. Clitocybe mellea (Vahl. ex Fr.) Ricken Hallimasch, Armillaire couleur de miel, Tête de meduse, Honey Fungus or Boot-lace Fungus Cap 3–12cm across, very variable, convex then flattened and centrally depressed or wavy, yellow ochre, tawny, to dark brown, often with an olivaceous tinge, covered in darker fibrillose scales especially at the centre. Stem 60–150×5–15mm, often tapering towards the base, yellowish becoming reddish-brown at the base, initially with a thick whitish to yellow cottony ring. Flesh white. Taste astringent, smell strong. Gills white at first then yellowish becoming pinkish-brown and often darker spotted with age. Spore print pale cream. Spores elliptic, 8–9 x 5–6µ. Habitat in dense clusters on or around trunks or stumps of deciduous and coniferous trees and Hazel. Season summer to early winter. Very common. Edible when cooked but should only be eaten in small amounts as some forms are known to cause stomach upsets. Distribution, America and Europe.
The fungus spreads by long black cords called rhizomorphs resembling bootlaces which can be found beneath the bark of infected trees, on roots or in the soil where they can travel large distances to infect other trees. This is one of the most dangerous parasites of trees, causing an intensive white rot and ultimately death; there is no cure and the fungus is responsible for large losses of timber each year. The last picture comes from Ted Green, thanks Ted.

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csanád csan (Hungary) - 07 July 2013

armillaria mellea usually in automn. this year in 2013 could be found also in may-june in central hungary
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Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 12 January 2013

Tudor Ioana si Paul Covic, Romania, 12 ianuarie 2013 ghebe, ghebe de radacina, opintici, halimas
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Hossein Jafary (Iran, Islamic Republic of) - 09 November 2012

Armillaria root rot on Olive in Iran,Zanjan province,Tarom region
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Kristina Trott (United States) - 23 October 2012

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zoran veljovic (Yugoslavia) - 19 October 2012

Na Nisavi kod Brzog Broda pored Nisa. Srbija.
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Harry Swihart (United States) - 14 October 2011

Harry Swihart, Cassopolis, Michigan, USA Commonly called 'Honey Mushroom' photos taken 05Oct11. Abundant and excellent fried in butter. Will send second photo of gills.
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Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 10 February 2011

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Ian Dubelaar (Canada) - 08 January 2011

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Mirosław Wantoch-Rekowski (Poland) - 18 December 2010

Rezerwat przyrody Jar rzeki Raduni.Kaszuby-Poland
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Paul McHugh (United States) - 13 December 2010

Paul McHugh Acadia National Park Maine, U.S.A
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Lazar Payakoff (Bulgaria) - 21 November 2010

Armillaria mellea under an oak-tree in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. 21 November 2010
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Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 26 October 2010

Photographed in Piper's Hill Wood, Worcestershire on 16th. October, 2010
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Siniša Radić (Yugoslavia) - 03 June 2010

From Serbia, Begrade, Lipovica,24.10.2008 By Sinisa Radic
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John Shupe (United States) - 21 August 2009

September 2007, Newaygo County, Michigan, USA
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 10 March 2009

White spore print or powder is clearly visible
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 February 2009

Hungarian name, Gyürüs tuskogomba
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Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 24 October 2008

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