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Flammulina velutipes.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Collybie a pied veloute, Enoki, Enokitake, Samtfussrübling, Téli fülőke, Velvet Shank
Collybia velutipes Mushroom
Ref No: 7538
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Flammulina velutipes Mushroom
Ref No: 7728
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Flammulina velutipes2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8455
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Flammulina velutipesF2 Mushroom
Ref No: 8684
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Flamulina v Enokitake 4.jpg Mushroom
Ref No: 9569
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Flammulina velutips 7 Mushroom
Ref No: 21808
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Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3 Mushroom
Ref No: 22081
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: White to cream, Red or redish or pink
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Lateral, rudimentary or absent
flesh: Flesh fibrous usually pliable (like grass)
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows on wood

Flammulina velutipes (Curt. ex Fr.) Karst. syn. Collybia velutipes (Curt. ex Fr.) Kummer. Velvet Shank,Collybie a pied veloute, Samtfussrübling, Téli fülőke, Fungo dell'olmo, Fluweelpootje, Enoki, Enokitake. Cap 2-10cm across, convex at first then flattened, tan-yellow darkening towards the centre, smooth and slimy. Stem 30-10 x 4-8mm, tough and cartilaginous, yellowish at apex, dark brown and densely velvety below. Flesh thin, concolorous. Taste and smell pleasant. Gills pale yellow. Cheilo- and pleurocystidia present. Cap cuticle 'cellular' of irregular clavate elements with elongated narrow processes and conspicuous, fusiform, somewhat thick-walled dermatocystidia. Spore print white. Spores elliptic, 6.5-10 x 3-4mu. Habitat in clusters on decaying deciduous trees, especially elm. Season late autumn to spring; can survive being frozen solid and on thawing produces more spores. Common. Edible and good. (Never eat any mushroom until you are certain it is edible as many are poisonous and some are deadly poisonous.) Distribution, America and Europe. This mushroom is often sold in a cultivated form as Enokitake, the reason that it does not resemble the wild form is that it is grown entirely in the dark. The last two images were sent to me by Lynn Pepper, many thanks.

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Jacob Muterspaw (United States) - 12 November 2015

Bottom view of velvet foot. Showing gills and the velvet foot of the stem.
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Gabrielle A (Netherlands) - 06 February 2015

Picture made in the netherlands, thanks
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Kristina Trott (United States) - 04 November 2014

cutaway, showing "velvet feet"
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Kristina Trott (United States) - 04 November 2014

on huge tulip poplar, planted around 1955; healthy crown but showing large area devoid of bark and harboring 4 species of mushrooms
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Tudor Ioana (Romania) - 12 December 2012

Paul Covic si Ioana Tudor,Romania , 2012
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
TODD KIVISTO (United States) - 09 October 2012

08 October 2012 Mississippi River Bottom
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Jeffrey Reichman (United States) - 31 December 2011

Growing on a live box elder and dead deciduous trees I couldn't ID due to decay.
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Lyubomir Radoev (Bulgaria) - 12 December 2011

Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Lyubomir Radoev (Bulgaria) - 11 December 2011

Growing on a stump, near a small river.
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Dejan Stojanovic (Yugoslavia) - 14 June 2011

Habitat in the area Zaplanje, village Gadzin Han (the city of Nis), Southern Serbia, SERBIA.
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Jaymz Carter (Canada) - 27 May 2011

Growing on a dying tree in my yard. Taken November 2010
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 17 November 2010

Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Tony Wharton (United Kingdom) - 27 October 2010

Photographed in Uffmoor Wood, Halesowen, W. Mids.
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Slobodan Nikolic (Yugoslavia) - 14 March 2010

Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Christian O'Connor (United Kingdom) - 05 January 2010

Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
Lorand Bartho (Hungary) - 26 February 2009

Hungarian name, Téli fülöke
Flammulina velutipes Lynn Pepper 3
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