Public Description of Clavariadelphus Donk

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General Description:

Erect, club-shaped fungi, generally unbranched, with flattened top, usually at least 5mm wide.1

Diagnostic Description:

Resemble Clavaria and Clavulinopsis, but recent analyses suggest that Clavariadelphus is most closely related to Gomphus23 20, but Clavaria and Clavulinopsis are related to the main group of gilled mushrooms.20


Clavariadelphus truncatus is edible7 8 20, “delicious”.1
Some species yield earth-toned dyes whose color depends on the mordant.2


1 Arora, Mushrooms Demystified (Ten Speed Press 2d ed. 1986)

2 A.R. Bessette, A.E. Bessette, The Rainbow Beneath My Feet (Syracuse Univ. Press 2001)

3 Castellano, Cazares, Fondrick, Dreisbach, Handbook to additional fungal species of special concern in the Northwest Forest Plan, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, General Technical Report PNW-GTR-572 (2003)

23 Admir J. Giachini, Kentaro Hosaka, Eduardo Nouhra, Joseph Spatafora, James M. Trappe, “Phylogenetic relationships of the Gomphales based on nuc-25S-rDNA, mit-12S-rDNA, and mit-atp6-DNA combined sequences”, Fungal Biology, Volume 114, Issue 2, Pages 224-234 (2010)

4 Gibson, Trial field key to CLUB-SHAPED FUNGI in the Pacific Northwest (rev. 2009)

5 Index Fungorum record 17317

6 Kuo, M., MushroomExpert.Com

7 Lincoff, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms (Alfred A. Knopf 1981)

8 McKenney, Stuntz & Ammirati, The New Savory Wild Mushroom (Univ. of Wash. Press 3d. ed.)

9 Methven, A.S. (1987). The genus Clavariadelphus in North America, excluding Mexico [abstract]. Mycological Society of America Newsletter 38 (1): 39.

10 Methven, A.S. (1988). Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on Clavariadelphus [abstract]. Mycological Society of America Newsletter 39 (1): 39.

11 Methven, A.S. (1988). The genus Clavariadelphus in North America [abstract]. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science Supplement 81: 38.

12 Methven, A.S. (1989). Notes on Clavariadelphus. I. New species from India and China. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 49: 152-157.

13 Methven, A.S. 1989. “Notes on Clavariadelphus III. New and noteworthy species from North America”. Mycotaxon. 34(1):153-179

14 Methven, A.S. (1990). The genus Clavariadelphus in North America. Bibliotheca Mycologica 138: 192 pp.

15 Methven, A.S. (1991). Notes on Clavariadelphus. IV. Cultural characters of C. ligula and C. sachalinensis. Mycotaxon 41 (1): 9-18.

16 Methven, A.S.; Guzm├ín, G. (1988, publ. 1989). “Notes on Clavariadelphus. II. Clavariadelphus fasciculatus sp.nov. from Mexico”. Mycologia 80 (6): 866-869.

17 Methven, A.S. 1990. The genus Clavariadelphus in North America. Berlin: Cramer. 192 p.

18 MycoBank #17317

19 Rogers Mushrooms

20 Trudell & Ammirati, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press 2009)

21 Wells, V.L.; Kempton, P.E. 1968. “A preliminary study of Clavariadelphus in North America.” The Michigan Botanist 7:35-57 (1968)

22 Wood & Stevens, The Fungi of California (a MykoWeb Page)

Description author: Joseph D. Cohen (Request Authorship Credit)

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