Horned amethyst (Clavulina amethystina)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Incertae sedis (undefined)
- Order: Cantharellales (Chanterelle (Cantarella))
- Family: Clavulinaceae (Clavulinaceae)
- Genus: Clavulina (Clavulina)
- Species: Clavulina amethystina (Horny amethyst)
- Other names for the mushroom:
- Clavulina amethyst
Fruit body: The height of the fruiting body is from two to seven centimeters, branched from the very base, similar to a bush or coral, lilac or lilac in color. Can be leg or seated. In a young mushroom, the branches are cylindrical, smooth. Then, as the fungus matures, they become covered with small wrinkles with a serrated or blunt end.
Stem: very short or completely absent. The branches of the fruiting body grow together closer to the base and form a dense short stem. Its color is slightly lighter than the rest of the mushroom.
Disputes: wide, elliptical, almost spherical, smooth. Flesh: white, but when dry it becomes with a lilac tint, does not have a pronounced smell and taste.
Horned Amethyst occurs in deciduous and coniferous-deciduous forests in small groups or singly. The fruiting period is from late August to October. It settles in scythe-shaped colonies. You can collect a basket of such slingshots in a small area.
Amethyst horned – practically unknown, edible mushroom. It is used dried and boiled, but frying the mushroom is not recommended because of its specific taste. Delicious stewed, but you do not need to put much of it, it is better as an additive to the main mushrooms. Some sources indicate this mushroom as an inedible species, since horned mushrooms are practically unknown in our country, but Czechs, Germans and Poles cook them very tasty and use them as a seasoning for soups.
Horns can hardly be called a mushroom, in the usual sense. They have a soft and leathery consistency, sometimes gristly. Coloring is specific for each individual species. This is a very unusual shape for an edible mushroom. A slingshot can be mistaken for a plant or twigs of grass. There are several varieties of horned horns that differ in color. There are pinkish, gray, brown, yellow. Horned beetles represent several genera at once: Clavaria, Romaria and Clavariadelfus. If you decide to collect slingshots, be sure to take a separate container for them, since this mushroom is very delicate and brittle. Many looked at the Slingshot in disbelief, doubting its edibility, and then with pleasure they minced the dish prepared with this mushroom.