Armillaria mellea (NL: Echte honingzwam, Gewone honingzwam / EN: Honey Mushroom / DE: Gemeiner Hallimasch, Goldgelbe Hallimasch, Honiggelbe Hallimasch, Halamarsch, Halawatsch / FR: Armillaire couleur de miel) is a plant pathogen and a cryptic species of Honey fungus. It causes Armillaria root rot in many plant species. The mushrooms are edible but some people may be intolerant to them. The fungus produces mushrooms around the base of trees it has infected. As the fungus causes root rot, symptoms also appear in the crowns of infected trees as death and dieback of the branches. This species is capable of producing light via bioluminiscence.
Image: Wijnegem (BE) – 07/10/2012
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