Home   About Us   Want to Help?   FAQ  
Searching   Image Use Biblio

Armillaria mellea (Vahl : Fr.) P. Kumm. 1871

Honey mushroom

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy

About plant names...

The term “honey mushroom” applies to more than one member of this species. They live on trees or woody shrubs. They are parasitic—they attack living plants, as well as on deadwood. Sometimes, for reasons not yet understood, they “go crazy,” causing extensive root rot and destruction.

Identification: Typically the caps are yellow-brown in color. They may be sticky when wet. The caps are convex when the mushrooms are young, but may become concave later. Some are bioluminescent—they glow in the dark. The spores of this mushroom are white.

Armillaria mellea (honey mushroom)

The mycelium that produces honey mushrooms is bioluminescent, creating a soft glow in rotting wood sometimes called “foxfire.”

Edibility: Young buttons are very good if the stipe is discarded (or peeled) and the buttons cooked.[1] [2]

Online References:

Armillaria mellea on Michael Kuo's MushroomExpert.com

Armillaria mellea on Mykoweb.com: the Fungi of California

Armillaria mellea on CalPhotos

Armillaria mellea on Wikipedia

Armillaria mellea by Gary Emberger at Messiah College

Armillaria mellea at the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Armillaria mellea on Wild Mushroom Recipes (recipes)


Miller, Jr., Orson K., Mushrooms of North America, E.P. Dutton, 1979, p. 102

1Mykoweb.com points out that some peoplesuffer digestive upsets when eating these

2Mushrooms of North America lists honey mushrooms as choice edibles

Agaricus melleus Vahl : Fr. 1790

Armillariella mellea (Vahl : Fr.) P. Karst. 1881

Clitocybe mellea (Vahl : Fr.) Ricken 1915

Lepiota mellea (Vahl : Fr.) J.E. Lange 1915

Rhizomorpha fragilis Roth ex Pollini 1791

Rhizomorpha subcorticalis Pers. ex Gray 1821


Armillaria mellea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

© FloraFinder.org. All rights reserved.


Armillaria mellea (honey mushroom)

9/23/2007 · Milford, Penn­syl­vania
≈ 11 × 8" (28 × 19 cm)

Armillaria mellea (honey mushroom)

9/23/2007 · Milford, Penn­syl­vania
≈ 10 × 7" (26 × 17 cm)