Ileodiction edible

Ileodictyon edible (Ileodictyon cibarium)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
  • Order: Phallales (Merry)
  • Family: Phallaceae (Veyolkovye)
  • Genus: Ileodictyon (Ileodiction)
  • Species: Ileodictyon cibarium (Ileodictyon edible)


  • Basket basket white

  • Clathrus white
  • Ileodictyon cibaricum
  • Clathrus cibarius
  • Clathrus tepperianus
  • Ileodictyon cibarium var. giganteum

Ileodictyon cibarium - White basketwort - Ileodictyon edible


Ileodiction edible is known primarily in New Zealand and Australia, although it was registered in Chile (and was introduced to Africa and England).

The more common and better known grate red and similar types of clathruses also form such 'cellular' structures, but their fruiting bodies remain attached to the base, but Ileodiction breaks off from the base.

Fruit body: Initially whitish 'egg' up to 7 centimeters across, attached by white mycelium strands. The egg breaks, forming a whitish volva, from which an adult fruiting body unfolds, shaped as a more or less rounded, checkered structure, 5-25 centimeters in diameter, forming 10-30 cells. Lumpy bridges, about 1 cm in diameter, not thickened at intersections. White, on the inside covered with an olive-brown layer of spore-bearing mucus.

The adult fruiting body is often detached from the Volvo, allowing it to move like a tumbleweed.

Spores: 4.5-6 x 1.5-2.5 microns, ellipsoidal, smooth, flowing.


Saprophyte, grows singly or in groups in forests or in cultivated areas (fields, meadows, lawns). Fruit bodies appear all year round in tropical and subtropical regions.


In English-speaking countries it is called 'stink cage' – 'stinking cage'. Somehow the epithet 'smelly' doesn't fit with the word 'edible' in the title. But let's not forget that this is a mushroom from the Veselkov family, and many jokes are edible in the 'egg' stage, and even have medicinal properties, and they acquire an unpleasant smell only in an adult state to attract flies. Likewise, the basketwort is white: it is quite edible in the 'egg' stage. There is no data on taste.

Similar species

Ileodictyon gracile (Ileodictyon graceful) – very similar, but its lintels are much thinner, more elegant. Distribution region – tropical and subtropical zones: Australia, Tasmania, Samoa, Japan, Europe.

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