Hebeloma sticky (Valui false) (Hebeloma crustuliniforme) photo and description

Hebeloma sticky (Hebeloma crustuliniforme)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Hymenogastraceae (Hymenogastric)
  • Genus: Hebeloma (Gebeloma)
  • Species: Hebeloma crustuliniforme (Hebeloma sticky (Valui false))

Other names:

  • Valuy false

  • Hebeloma crusted
  • Horseradish mushroom
  • Agaricus crustuliniformis
  • Agaricus ossa
  • Hylophila crustuliniformis
  • Hylophila crustuliniformis var. crustuliniformis
  • Hebelomatis crustuliniformis

Hebeloma adhesive - Hebeloma crustuliniforme


Hebeloma sticky ( lat.Hebeloma crustuliniforme ) is a mushroom of the genus Hebeloma (Hebeloma) of the family Strophariaceae. Previously, the genus was attributed to the families Cortinariaceae and Bolbitiaceae.

In English, the mushroom is called "poison pie" or "fairy cake".

The Latin name of the species comes from the word crustula - "pie", "crust".

The cap is 3-10 cm, yellowish-brown , darker in the center , first cushion-convex, then flat-convex with a wide tubercle, slimy, later dry, smooth, shiny. The color of the cap can be from off-white to hazel, sometimes brick red.

The hymenophore is lamellar, whitish-fawn, then yellowish-brownish, the plates are notched, of medium frequency and width, with uneven edges, with drops of liquid in wet weather and brown spots in place of the drops after they dry.

The leg is 3-10 cm high, ∅ 1-2 cm, at first whitish, then yellowish, cylindrical, sometimes expanding towards the base, with swelling, solid, later hollow, flaky-scaly.

The pulp is white , creamy , thick, loose in old mushrooms . The taste is bitter, with a radish smell.

It is often found, in groups, under an oak, aspen, birch, on the edges of a forest, along roads, in glades. Fruiting from September to November.

It is widespread from the Arctic to the southernmost border of the Caucasus and Central Asia; it is also often found in the European part of Russia and the Far East.

Hebeloma sticky is an inedible , and according to some sources, a poisonous mushroom.

Similar species

Coal-loving Hebeloma (Hebeloma anthracophilum) grows on burnt-out areas, it is smaller, it has a darker cap and a soft leg.

Hebeloma mesophaeum has a dull brown cap with a darker center and a lighter edge, thin flesh in the cap and a thinner stem.

In the larger mustard hebeloma (Hebeloma sinapizans), the cap is not so slimy, and the plates are more rare.