Brick red honey fungus (Hypholoma lateritium)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Strophariaceae (Strophariaceae)
- Genus: Hypholoma
- Species: Hypholoma lateritium (Brick-red honey fungus)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Fake Foam Brick Red
Fake Foam Brick Red
Brick-red honey fungus (Hypholoma sublateritium)
Hat: Diameter 4-8 cm (up to 12), at first rounded-convex, then half-open, fleshy, brick-red, red-brown, yellow-brown (darker in the center), along the edges of the hat you can often see the remains of a private bedspread – white flakes. The pulp is white-yellowish, slightly bitter in taste.
Plates: Adherent to the peduncle, first white-yellowish, then yellow-brown, with age they become gray-brown from ripening spores.
Spore powder: Dark brown with a purple tint.
Leg: Length 6-10 cm, thickness up to 1.5 cm, light yellow in the upper part, brown-brown at the base, dense, even or narrowed at the bottom. In young mushrooms, the leg is solid, with age it is hollow. There is no ring as such, although the remains of a private bedspread are often seen on the leg in the form of a ring-shaped pattern.
Distribution: Brick-red honey fungus is found in summer and autumn on stumps and dead wood of deciduous (less often coniferous) trees.
Similar species: Brick-red honey fungus is quite similar to another member of the genus Hypholoma: Hypholomacapnoides (gray lamellar honey fungus). The latter is distinguished by its smaller size, gray (including in young mushrooms) plates and grows mainly on the remains of pines. Oddly enough, Hypholoma sublateritium is confused with autumn honey (Armillaria mellea), but this occurs during the period of the so-called 'collective psychosis' and can be prevented by conventional means. (See notes.)
Edible: Conflicting information. Obviously, in this wash, the brick-red honey fungus is related to all scales. There is, in principle, you can, but the point? One author proudly reports that he specially salted Hypholoma sublateritium, and ate nothing. He conducted what is called a test of nature.
Video about the mushroom Honey mushroom brick-red:
Notes I know this is funny, but during the period of 'collective psychosis', when in the forest you look not at your feet, but at the trunks, I often confuse the brick-red mushroom with the autumn, especially when small. Silly, of course. But there is no need to give will to greed. And honey agarics do not need to collect more than three buckets in a row either. Otherwise, you can still not be so wrong.
And the brick-red honey mushroom is good in itself. One of the not so many nice looking mushrooms that are common and completely unnecessary. No, there are, of course, many such fungi, but Hypholoma sublateritium, along with common scaly (Pholiota squarrosa), is the first among them. Still, it is damn nice to go in late autumn to a surprisingly transparent forest, painted with red-orange bouquets of honey agarics, sprinkled with the first snow.
Photo of the mushroom Brick-red mushroom from the questions in recognition:
2018.09.28 2018.11.28 2018.10.21 Vladimir 2016.11.18 Evgeniy 2019.09.26 Alexander Kozlovskikh 2016.11.02 Mikhail