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The disappearing hymnopil is a lamellar mushroom of the Strophariaceae family, of the genus Gymnopil. Refers to inedible parasitic tree fungi.
What the disappearing hymnopil looks like
In a young mushroom, the cap has a convex shape, gradually it becomes flat-convex and, finally, almost flat. In some specimens, a tubercle remains in the middle. Size - from 2 to 8 cm in diameter. The surface is smooth, evenly colored, may be wet or dry. The color is orange, yellow-brownish, yellowish-brownish.
The stem is hollow, almost always even, it can be smooth or fibrous, the ring is absent. Height - from 3 to 7 cm, diameter - from 0.3 to 1 cm. The color is whitish and reddish, lighter closer to the cap.
An orange fungus parasitizes rotten wood
The pulp is yellowish or orange, with a pleasant potato smell, bitter taste.
The lamellar layer of a young specimen is reddish or buffy, in a mature one it is brownish or orange, sometimes with brown or reddish-brown spots. The plates are adherent or notched, rather frequent.
Spores are ellipsoidal, with warts. The powder is brownish-reddish.
Attention! Related species include representatives of the genus hymnopil: penetrating, Juno and rufosquamulosus. All 3 species are not edible.
Penetrating hymnopil is a fairly common fungus, similar to the disappearing one. It settles on decaying coniferous wood, prefers pines. The fruiting period is from August to November. The hat reaches a size of 8 cm in diameter. At first it is rounded, then prostrate, reddish-brownish, smooth, dry, becomes oily in wet weather. The leg is sinuous, up to 7 cm in height and up to 1 cm in thickness, the color is the same as the cap, in some places with a whitish bloom, without a ring. The pulp is yellowish or light brown, fibrous, firm, bitter in taste. The plates and spore powder are rusty-brown.
Penetrating hymnopil is easily confused with related species
Juno's hymnopil, or prominent, is an inedible and, according to some sources, a hallucinogenic mushroom. He is quite large, visually attractive and photogenic. The cap is orange or yellow-ocher, with wavy edges, covered with many scales. Reaches 15 cm in diameter. In young specimens it has the shape of a hemisphere, in mature specimens it is almost flat. The leg is thickened at the base, fibrous. It has a rather dark ring, strewn with reddish-rusty spores. The plates are rusty-brownish. It is found in mixed forests throughout Russia, except for the northern regions. It settles on living and dead wood and on the soil under oak trees. Grows in groups, one by one almost never comes across. The fruiting season is from mid-summer to late autumn.
Juno's hymnopil is distinguished by its large size, scaly surface and a dark ring on the leg.
The hymnopil rufosquamulosus differs from the disappearing brownish cap covered with small reddish or orangey scales, a ring at the top of the leg.
The specimen has a ring on the stem and reddish scales.
Where the disappearing hymnopil grows
Distributed in North America, mainly in the southern regions. It settles on a decaying woody substrate. It is most often found singly or in small clusters on the remains of conifers, less often broad-leaved ones. Fruiting time begins in August and ends in November.
Is it possible to eat the disappearing hymnopil
It belongs to inedible, it is not used for food. There are no data on its toxicity.
The endangered hymnopil is a common but not fully studied species. It is not yet known whether it is poisonous or not, but the pulp has a bitter taste and cannot be eaten.