Bulbous Honey Fungus - Armillaria gallica
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.
On woodland litter, dead stumps and buried rotting wood of broad leaf trees.
June to November.
Widespread but never particularly common in Britain.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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