Cystoderm belongs to conditionally edible mushrooms, it is not eaten due to its low taste. Below, read the description of two representatives of fungi – amianthus cystoderm and odorous cystoderm.

Cystoderm amianthus

Category: conditionally edible.

Hat (diameter 2-7 cm): red, brown or yellowish, with a central tubercle and often with remnants of a veil. In young mushrooms, it has the shape of a bell, over time it becomes almost flat or slightly convex, with wrinkles or small folds. The edges are usually curved towards the inside.

Leg (height 3-10 cm): very smooth, white, tapering upwards, cylindrical. Usually without a bedspread ring.

Plates: adhere tightly to the stem.

In young mushrooms, they are white, with time they become creamy or light brown.

Flesh: very thin and fragile, usually pale yellow or white in color. Smells like mold when cut or broken.

Doubles: none.

Amianthus cystoderm grows from early August to mid-October in temperate countries of the Northern Hemisphere.

Where to find it: usually in coniferous forests, less often in mixed plantings or with ferns, in glades or parks.

Eating: not consumed, as it has extremely low taste and an unpleasant odor.

Application in traditional medicine (data have not been confirmed and have not undergone clinical trials!): As a means for the treatment and prevention of gastritis.

Cystoderma odorous (Cystoderma carcharias)

Category: conditionally edible.

Cap (diameter 3-8 cm): usually gray, dirty yellow or pinkish, with a large central tubercle and fringed edges, which are usually much lighter than the center. In young mushrooms, it looks like a ball or cone, in others it is more open. Dry to the touch.

Stem (height 3-11 cm): very smooth, white, tapering from bottom to top, cylindrical, with a gray or pinkish central ring.

Plates: adhere tightly to the stem. White mushrooms in young mushrooms, darken with age.

Flesh: very fragile, white or pinkish in color.

The name cystoderm comes from the Greek 'sharp', 'rough' or 'jagged'.

Twin: related species of small cystoderms, however, they tend to be more yellow.

When it grows: from mid-August to early November in temperate countries of Eurasia and North America.

Where to find it: Amianthus cystoderm is found in coniferous forests with chalky soils, usually in moss next to pine trees.

Eating: practically not consumed due to little knowledge.

Application in traditional medicine: not applicable.

Other names: scaly cystoderm, fragrant umbrella.

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