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Armillaria

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Armillaria mellea

The fungi in the Armillaria genus are one of the greatest decayers of wood.  This genus contains about 40 species of wood rotting fungi found all over the world which invade the roots of trees and cause a progressive white rot.  At one time, all these fungi were grouped as a single species, known as Armillaria mellea. Mushrooms in the Armillaria genus are generally considered to be those that colonize wood and have stringy rhizomorphs.  While some species can be identified based on appearance, others can only be identified by their mating habits with each other. They are considered parasitic and saprophytic (a plant or plant-like organism that absorbs nutrients from dead plant or animal matter). 

The main types of Armillaria include in its new restricted sense Armillaria mellea, armillaria ostoyae and Armillaria luteobubalina (in Australasia).  A. mellea grows mainly on broadleaved trees but can also kill young coniferous trees.  A. ostoyae is a pathogen of coniferous trees.

Armillaria mellea is commonly known as the “Honey Mushroom” and “Bootlace Fungus”. Evidence of the fungus appears with a rainy autumn when clumps of golden mushrooms fruiting bodies pop up.  A. mellea fruits on hardwoods but is occasionally found on conifers. 

Caps are 3-10 cm and convex becoming more flat with age.  They may be tan, yellow or dark or reddish brown.  The top of the cap is covered in darker fibrous scales and the underside of the cap is tan to brown.

Stems are 6-15 cm long and 2 cm thick and coloured the same as the cap.  The stems are hairy with a well developed whitish ring.

 

Armillaria mellea mushroom fungus

Armillaria mellea - 1

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Ontario fuzzy small brown mushroom Armillaria mellea

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Small brown Ontario Honey Mushroom

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Armillaria mellea Honey Mushroom

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Ontario brown fall Honey Mushroom

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Fruiting Armillaria mellea Honey Mushrooms

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Brown Bootlace Fungus Armillaria mellea

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Brown autumn Ontario fungus Armillaria mellea

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Hand holding brown Ontario fall mushroom Armillaria mellea

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Fingers holding autumn brown fuzzy mushroom Armillaria mellea

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Hand holding brown Ontario Bootlace Fungus

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Hand holding fall fruiting Honey Mushroom

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Two Bootlace Fungus Armillaria mellea on picnic table.

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Fingers holding Armillaria mellea Bootlace Fungus

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Two brown fuzzy mushrooms Armillaria mellea

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Roots of Armillaria mellea Honey Mushroom

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