Dark Honey Fungus - Armillaria ostoyae

    Description

    Care should be taken with identification of this species, and expert help may be necessary. It is similar to Armillaria mellea, but usually has a darker brown colour, fairly prominent scales on its cap, and a well developed ring with what look like little dark 'cogwheels' on the underside.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Parasitic, then saprotrophic on living and dead wood of deciduous and coniferous trees.

    When to see it

    Peaking from September to November

    UK Status

    Fairly common in Britain but probably confused with Armillaria mellea.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map