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Armillaria mellea

Common Name: Honey Mushrooms

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Wood; sometimes buried 

Location: Hardwood & Conifer forests, stumps in lawns

Spore Color: White

Gill Color: Whitish

Comments: 

The first thing to look for when going for an ID is that this mushroom is growing from wood. Sometimes the wood can be buried, or it could be growing from the roots of a dead tree that are somewhere away from the stump.

Next the clustered growth habits are fairly unique. The mushrooms tend to originate from a single point in the ground. Finally look for the ring on the stem, the honey brown cap, and white spores.

Lookalikes:  

Armillaria tabescens is similar but does not have a ring on the stem.

Pictures:

Armillaria mellea mushroom picture Honey Mushrooms

9/13/11 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN 

Armillaria mellea

Armillaria mellea

Armillaria mellea

Armillaria mellea

Armillaria mellea

9/19/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Armillaria mellea

9/11/12 - Hoosier National Forest - Deam Wilderness - Monroe County, IN

Armillaria mellea

9/13/12 - Brown County State Park - Nashville, IN