Deconic Phillips

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Deconica phillipsii


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Strophariaceae
  • Genus: Deconica (Deconica)
  • Species: Deconica philipsii (Deconica Phillips)


  • Melanotus Phillips
  • Melanotus phillipsii
  • Agaricus phillipsii
  • Psilocybe phillipsii

Melanotus phillips (Melanotus phillipsii)  Habitat and Growth Time: Deconica Phillips grows on marshy and damp soil, dead grasses, less often sedge (Cyperaceae) and rump (Juncaceae), even less often on other herbaceous plants from July to November (Western Europe). The worldwide distribution has not yet been clarified. On the Karelian Isthmus, according to our observations, it grows on thin branches of several deciduous trees and shrubs from the end of September to January (in a warm winter – in a thaw) and sometimes revives in April.

Description: A hat with a diameter of 0.3-1 cm, slightly spherical, then almost flat, round, in maturity similar to a human kidney, from slightly velvety to smooth, hygrophane, sometimes with small radial folds, with a grooved edge, not oily, from beige to a reddish-brownish-gray color, often with a flesh tint (in a dry state, it is faded). The plates are rare, light or pinkish-beige, darken with age.

The leg is rudimentary, first central, then eccentric, reddish-beige or brown (darker than the cap). Spores are light purple-brown.

Doubles: Melanotus cariciola – with large spores, gelatinous cuticle and habitat (sedge). Melanotus horizontalis (Melanotus horizontalis) is a very similar species, of a darker color, growing on willow bark, always in damp places.

Notes: Inedible.

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