Lyophyllum smoky gray

Lyophyllum smoky gray (Lyophyllum fumosum)

Lyophyllum smoky gray (Lyophyllum fumosum)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Lyophyllaceae (Lyophilic)
  • Genus: Lyophyllum (Lyophyllum)
  • Species: Lyophyllum fumosum (Lyophyllum smoky gray)

Other names:

  • The row is smoky;
  • The talker is gray;
  • Smoky gray talker;
  • Clitocybe fumosa

Lyophyllum smoky gray (Lyophyllum fumosum)

Until recently, there was a separate species, Lyophyllum fumosum (L. smoky-gray), associated with forests, especially conifers; some sources even described it as a mycorrhizal forming agent with pine or spruce, outwardly very similar to L.decastes and L.shimeji. Recent molecular studies have shown that there is no such separate species, and all finds classified as L. fumosum are either L.decastes (more commonly) or L. shimeji (Lyophillum simeji) (less commonly, in pine forests).

Thus, today (2018), the species L. fumosum has been abolished, and is considered a synonym for L.decastes, significantly expanding the habitat of the latter, almost to 'anywhere'. Well, L.shimeji, as it turned out, grows not only in Japan and the Far East, but is widespread throughout the boreal zone from Scandinavia to Japan, and, in some places, is found in pine forests of the temperate climatic zone.

It differs from L.decastes only in larger fruit bodies with thicker legs, growth in small aggregates or separately, binding to dry pine forests, and at the molecular level.

Thus, you should pay attention to two similar views:

Lyophyllum crowded – Lyophyllum decastes and Lyophyllum simeji – Lyophyllum shimeji

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