Albatrellus cristate (Laeticutis cristata)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Russulales
- Family: Incertae sedis (indeterminate)
- Genus: Laeticutis
- Species: Laeticutis cristata (Albatrellus cristata)
Photo Credit: Zygmunt Augustowski
Basidiomas in this fungus are annual. Sometimes they are solitary, but it is much more common that they grow together at the base, and the edges of the caps remain free.
Faced with Albatrellus comb, you can see a hat with a diameter of 2-12 cm and a thickness of 3-15 mm. The shape is round, semi-round and kidney-shaped. Often mushrooms are irregular in shape and depressed to the center. In old age and with dryness, they become very brittle.
The top is thinly pubescent. Later, it begins to become more and more rough, breaks and scales become visible at the center. The surface of the cap has an olive-brown, yellowish-green, less often red-brown bloom, with a greenish tint at the edges. The edge itself is very flat and coarse. The fabric of this representative of Albatrell is white, but towards the middle it becomes noticeably yellow, even lemon. Differs in fragility and fragility. The smell is slightly sour, the taste is not particularly pungent. Thickness up to 1 cm.
The tubes of this mushroom are rather short. only 1-5 mm in length. They are downhill and white. Like all mushroom breeds, they change their color when dry. It takes on a yellow, dirty yellow or red hue. Pores tend to increase with age. Initially, they are small in size and round in shape. Placed with a density of 2-4 by 1mm. Over time, they not only increase in size, but also change shape, look more angular. The edges become scored. The stem is central, eccentric, or nearly lateral. It is white, often set off by marble, lemon, yellow or olive colors. Leg length up to 10 cm and thickness up to 2 cm.
Albatrellus comb has a monomytic hyphal system. The tissues are wide with thin walls, the diameter varies (the diameter ranges from 5 to 10 microns). No buckles. The hyphae of the tubules are arranged quite sequentially, have thin walls and are branched. Basidia are club-shaped, and spores are elliptical, spherical, smooth, hyaline. They have thickened walls and are drawn obliquely near the base.
They are found in deciduous and mixed forests, where there are oaks and beeches. Germinate on a sandy soil surface. Often found on roads that are overgrown with grass.
The geographical location of Albatrellus crested is Russia (Krasnodar, Moscow, Siberia), Europe, East Asia and North America.
Eating: Mushroom not edible because it is tough enough and tastes bad.