White corkscrew (Pluteus pellitus)
- Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
- Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
- Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
- Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
- Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
- Family: Pluteaceae
- Genus: Pluteus (Plutey)
- Species: Pluteus pellitus (White Plyutey)
Hat: in young mushrooms, the cap has a bell-shaped or convex-outstretched shape. The diameter of the cap is from 4 to 8 centimeters. In the central part of the cap, as a rule, a noticeable dry tubercle remains. The surface of the cap is off-white in young mushrooms. In mature mushrooms, the cap is yellowish, radially fibrous. The tubercle in the center is covered with small inconspicuous scales of brown or beige color. The flesh of the cap is thin; in fact, it is present only in the region of the tubercle in the center. The pulp has no special smell and has a characteristic light radish smell.
Blades: quite wide, frequent, loose blades in young mushrooms have a whitish color. As the fungus matures, the plates turn pinkish under the influence of spores.
Spore powder: pinkish.
Stem: a cylindrical stem up to nine cm high and no more than 1 cm thick. The stem is practically even, only at its base there is a distinct tuberous thickening. The stem is often bent due to the growing conditions of the fungus. The surface of the grayish leg is covered with longitudinal gray scales. Although the scales are not as densely arranged as those of Spit Deer. Inside, the leg is solid, longitudinally fibrous. The pulp in the stem is also fibrous, brittle white.
White Plutey is found throughout the summer period, until early September. Grows on the remains of deciduous trees.
Some sources claim that there is a white variety of Deer Spit, but such mushrooms are larger in size, smell and other signs of White Spit. Pluteus patricius is also indicated in similar species, but it is difficult to say anything definite about it without careful study. In general, the genus Plyutey is rather mysterious, and it can be studied only in dry years, when no mushrooms grow apart from Plyutey. It differs from other representatives of a kind of White Plutei in its light color and small fruit bodies. Also its distinctive feature, places of growth. The fungus grows mainly in beech forests.
White roach is edible, like all other mushrooms of this genus. Ideal raw material for culinary experiments, as the mushroom is completely tasteless. It has no special culinary value.
White creeper is a common mushroom in those forests whose predecessors survived the last glaciation. The fungus is often found in linden forests. This seemingly small and inconspicuous mushroom gives the forest completely new and alluring perspectives.
Photo of the White Plyutey mushroom from the questions in recognition: