Gebeloma belted

Hebeloma girdled (Hebeloma mesophaeum      ) Hebeloma girdled (Hebeloma mesophaeum) Hebeloma girdled (Hebeloma mesophaeum)

Hebeloma girdled (Hebeloma mesophaeum)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Hymenogastraceae (Hymenogastric)
  • Genus: Hebeloma (Gebeloma)
  • Species: Hebeloma mesophaeum (Hebeloma belted)


  • Gebeloma brown median

  • Agaricus mesophaeus
  • Inocybe mesophaea
  • Hylophila mesophaea
  • Hylophila mesophaea var. mesophaea
  • Inocybe versipellis var. mesophaeus
  • Inocybe velenovskyi

Hebeloma mesophaeum

Ecology and distribution

Gebeloma belted forms a mycorrhiza with coniferous and deciduous trees, most often with pine, usually grows in large groups, is found in forests of various types, as well as in gardens and parks, in late summer and autumn, in mild climates and in winter. Common view of the northern temperate zone.


The hat is 2-7 cm in diameter, convex in youth, with age it becomes wide-convex, wide-bell-shaped, almost flat or even slightly concave; smooth; sticky when wet; dull brown; yellowish brownish or pinkish brown, darker in the center and lighter at the edges; sometimes with remnants of a private bedspread in the form of white flakes. The edge of the cap is first bent inward, later it straightens out, and may even bend outward. Mature specimens may have a wavy edge.

The plates are adherent completely or with a tooth, with a slightly noticeably wavy edge (a magnifying glass is required), rather frequent, relatively wide, with plates, cream or slightly pinkish in youth, turn brownish with age.

Leg 2-9 cm long and up to 1 cm thick, more or less cylindrical, may be slightly curved, sometimes widened at the base, silky, whitish at first, later brownish or brown, darker towards the base, sometimes with a more or less pronounced annular zone but without the remnants of a private bedspread.

Hebeloma mesophaeum

The pulp is thin, 2-3 mm, white, with a rare odor, the taste is rare or bitter.

The reaction with KOH is negative.

The spore powder is dull brown or pinkish brown.

Spores 8.5-11 x 5-7 µm, ellipsoid, very finely warty (almost smooth), non-amyloid. Cheilocystidia are numerous, up to 70×7 microns in size, cylindrical with an expanded base.


The mushroom is probably edible, but it is not recommended for consumption due to the difficulty in identifying.

Hebeloma mesophaeum

Season and distribution

Cosmopolitan. The main fruiting season is late summer and autumn.

Note A number of authors consider gebele girdled not as a species, but as a species complex.

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