Observation 108197: Armillaria mellea (Vahl) P. Kumm.

When: 2012-09-02

Collection location: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Mark Prosser (mark prosser)

No specimen available

A beautiful specimen, saprobic, with pileus about 4 inches in width, stipe about 5 inches emerging from standing, decaying tree. Taken in the rain providing the glistening appearance of the pileus.

Proposed Names

46% (2)
Recognized by sight
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Unusual single growth habit but looks typical of E. North American mellea.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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I agree with Armillaria.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-03 03:01:21 CDT (-0500)

There is an important detail in your 2nd photo not described in your notes. If you look closely at the annulus, you should be able to see an upper and lower white ring, with a thicker yellow ring in the center. That feature should yield a species name. I’m afraid I’ve forgotten which species Dr. Lorelei Norvell identified about 20 years ago. I do remember the odd annulus, though.

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