Cutting strobilurus (Strobilurus tenacellus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Physalacriaceae (Physalacriaceae)
- Genus: Strobilurus (Strobilurus)
- Species: Strobilurus tenacellus (Strobilurus cuttings)
- Bitter strobilurus
- Pine cone tenacious
- Collybia tenacellus
Hat: in a young mushroom, the cap is hemispherical, then it opens and becomes practically open. At the same time, the central tubercle remains, which is generally not very pronounced. The surface of the cap is brown, often with a characteristic reddish-reddish tint in the center. The diameter of the cap is up to two centimeters. The cap is very thin and brittle. The edges of the cap are smooth or pubescent, also thin. According to some observations, the color of the cap varies greatly from whitish to brown, depending on the growing conditions of the fungus: the illumination of the place, the ground, and so on.
Flesh: thin, but not brittle, white. In adult mushrooms, plates shine through the edges of the cap. The pulp has a pleasant mushroom aroma, but it tastes bitter.
Plates: loose, not frequent, white or yellowish.
Spore powder: white.
Stem: Stem is very long, but most of it is usually hidden in the ground. The leg is hollow inside. The surface of the leg is smooth. The upper part of the leg is whitish, the lower part has a characteristic brownish-red color. The height of the leg is up to 8 centimeters, the thickness is no more than two millimeters. The leg is thin, cylindrical, matte, cartilaginous. The leg has a long, shaggy or pubescent tapered base, with which the mushroom is attached to a pine cone buried in the ground. Despite its thinness, the leg is very strong, it is almost impossible to break it with your hands. The pulp of the leg is fibrous.
Distribution: Cutting Strobilurus is found in pine forests. Fruiting time from mid-April to mid-May. Sometimes you can find this mushroom in late autumn, depending on the characteristics of the growing conditions. Grows on fallen cones near pine trees. Grows in groups or singly. A fairly common type.
Similarity: Cutting strobilurus resembles the twine-legged Strobilurus, which also grows on pine cones, but differs in smaller fruit body and lighter shade of the cap. It can also be mistaken for a Juicy Strobilurus, but it grows exclusively on fir cones, and its leg is much shorter and has a pronounced tubercle in the center of the cap.
Edible: Young mushrooms are fine for human consumption, but here are their sizes. Is it worth fooling around and collecting such a trifle. But, in the spring forest it is often to collect, then there is nothing more, therefore, as an option, you can try and Strobilurus cuttings.
Remarks: despite the almost complete similarity, the cuttings Strobilurus is still not as attractive as the closely related species S. esculentus. The smell is pleasant enough, but not strong, the taste is bright, but not memorable. But, at the same time, it is much more pleasant to collect these tiny mushrooms growing on cones in a pine forest than to wade through a gripping spruce forest.