Reed horn (Clavariadelphus ligula)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
- Order: Gomphales
- Family: Clavariadelphaceae
- Genus: Clavariadelphus (Clavariadelphus)
- Species: Clavariadelphus ligula (Horned reed)
Reed horned (lat.Clavariadelphus ligula) is an edible mushroom from the genus Clavariadelphus (lat.Clavariadelphus).
Fruit body: Vertical, lingual, slightly widened in the upper part (sometimes up to the shape of a pistil), often slightly flattened; height 7-12 cm, thickness 1-3 cm (in the widest part). The surface of the body is smooth and dry, at the base and in older mushrooms it can be slightly wrinkled, the color in young specimens is soft cream, but with age, as the spores mature (which ripen right on the surface of the fruiting body), it goes into a characteristic yellowness. The pulp is light, whitish, dry, without a noticeable odor.
Spore powder: Light yellow. Distribution: The horned reed occurs from mid-July to late September in coniferous or mixed forests, in mosses, possibly forming mycorrhiza with them. It comes across infrequently, but in large groups.
Similar species: The horned reed can be confused with other members of the genus Clavariadelphus, especially with the more rare (apparently) pistil horned, Clavariadelphus pistillaris. The one is larger and more 'pistil' in appearance. From representatives of the genus Cordyceps, a good distinguishing feature may be the beige-yellow color of the fruit bodies.
Edible: The mushroom is considered edible, but not seen in bulk harvests.
Notes: Mushrooms like horned horns have always puzzled me. What to do with them, how to treat them? Unclear. Pass by, as we pass by a million other unfamiliar mushrooms, does not work: individuality; there is no point in collecting, photographing is inconvenient because it is vertical. Just walk around and call by name to demonstrate to the forest that they are aware of such matters.
Photo of the Horned Reed mushroom from the recognition questions:
2019.08.05 Pavel Shchemenok 2018.11.02 Alexander 2018.04.01 Alexander