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Armillaria tabescens
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Armillaria tabescens

Common Name: Ringless Honey Mushrooms

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Wood; sometimes buried 

Location: Hardwood 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 no ring on the stem, the honey brown cap, and white spores.

The Ringless Honey Mushroom does seem to have a bit of a different look than the one with the ring. The main thing I see is the fully mature cap seems to flatten off on the top, while the ringed Honey stays more curved.

Lookalikes:  

Armillaria mellea is similar but has a ring on the stem.

Pictures:

Armillaria tabescens

Armillaria tabescens

Armillaria tabescens

Armillaria tabescens

Armillaria tabescens

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

Armillaria tabescens

9/15/12 - McCormicks Creek SP - Spencer, IN

Armillaria tabescens honey mushrooms picture

Armillaria tabescens honey mushrooms picture

Armillaria tabescens honey mushroom pictures

7/30/10 - Near Morgan Monroe State Forest - Morgantown, IN