Bulbous Honey Fungus - Armillaria gallica

    Description

    There are many forms of Honey Fungus, and in the past they all shared the scientific name Armillaria mellea. Nowadays it is generally accepted that there are several distinct species, one of which, Armillaria gallica, is distinguished by having a bulbous or swollen stem base. Armillaria gallica is on average a little smaller and usually darker than Armillaria mellea and its stem ring is insubstantial and ephemeral. 4 to 10cm in diameter; colour ranging from ochre brown to red brown, usually somewhat darker near the centre.

    Habitat

    On woodland litter, dead stumps and buried rotting wood of broad leaf trees.

    When to see it

    June to November.

    UK Status

    Widespread but never particularly common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map