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Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea)
The honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea) is a parasitic fungus recognized by its clustered fruiting bodies, finely-haired caps with darker brown central discs, and stalks with annuli or "rings," which are partial veil remnants. When young and fresh, these rings extend to the margins of the caps and help to protect the organism's delicate gills.
Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea), young fruiting bodies emerging from a fallen tree. Note that the annuli, or rings, of the central and left mushrooms are just beginning to break free from the caps. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea), landscape orientation. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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