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Lyophyllum decastes.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Brauner Rasling, Chicken Mushroom, Clustered Domecap, Csoportos pereszke, csoportos álpereszke, Fried Chicken Mushroom, Lyophille en touffes, Tricolome agrégé
Lyophyllum decastes F Mushroom
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Lyophyllum decastes Mushroom
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Lyophyllum decastes2 Mushroom
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Lyophyllum decastes4 Mushroom
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location: North America, Europe
edibility: Choice
fungus colour: Grey to beige
normal size: 5-15cm
cap type: Convex to shield shaped
stem type: Simple stem
spore colour: White, cream or yellowish
habitat: Grows in woods, Grows on the ground

Lyophyllum decastes (Fr. ex Fr.) Sing. syn. Clitocybe decastes (Fr. ex Fr.) Kummer syn. Tricholoma aggregatum (Schaeff. ex Secr.) Gill. Tricolome agrégé, Lyophille en touffes, Brauner Rasling, Csoportos álpereszke, Csoportos pereszke, Agarico conglobato, Bruine bundelridderzwam, Chicken Mushroom, Clustered Domecap. Cap 4–10cm across, convex then expanded, becoming wavy, grey-brown to brown, with silky or silvery streaks. Stem 30–60 x 10–20mm, tough, fibrous, often excentric, white at apex becoming brownish towards the base. Flesh whitish. Taste and smell not distinctive. Gills white to greyish. Spore print white. Spores subglobose, 5–7 x 5–6um. Habitat in clusters on the ground in open woodland. Season summer to autumn. Occasional. Edible – good, This is a much sought after edible species in America but should be tried with caution as there have been some reports of gastric upset. Distribution, America and Europe.
Note some mycologists synonomise Lyophyllum decastes and Lyophyllum loricatum. There also seem to be differences in colour between European specimens and American specimens.

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Keith Fife (United States) - 02 November 2013

This is in my backyard. I see them every year.
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Andrew Block (United States) - 13 December 2012

Taken at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, N.Y., on 27 October 2012. Growing in grass near three Idesia polycarpa.
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Andrew Block (United States) - 13 December 2012

Taken at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, N.Y., on 27 October 2012. It was at the base of an Idesia polycarpa.
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Dwayne Wohlgemuth (Canada) - 18 September 2011

Found near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in grass adjacent to birch. Quite certain it's Lyophyllum Decastes. I have eaten it a few times & like it.
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Hilma Anderson (United States) - 16 October 2009

Another Lyophyllum decastes?
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Hilma Anderson (United States) - 16 October 2009

Is this Lyophyllum decastes? If so, are they edible?
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