Deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus) photo and description

Deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Pluteaceae
  • Genus: Pluteus (Plutey)
  • Species: Pluteus cervinus (Deer mushroom)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Deer


  • Deer mushroom

  • Brown clown
  • Plutey dark fibrous

Deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)


The hat of the Deer Pluteus (Pluteus cervinus) reaches a diameter of 5 to 15 cm, it is light brown or dark brown in color, at first bell-shaped, later spread out, sometimes with a tubercle, slightly sticky when wet.

The plates are free, first white, then pink, wide, frequent.

Spore powder pink.

The stem is long, fleshy, thin, flaky-fibrous.

The pulp is white, with a pleasant smell reminiscent of a radish.

Deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)


The Deer Mushroom appears at the end of May and grows until autumn on stumps, dead wood and on the soil.


The deer mushroom can only be confused with its edible spiny relatives, if you do not forget about the frequent, free pink plates and those places where this mushroom can grow. The varieties are distinguished: Deer mushroom (or deer mushroom) , lion-yellow plyute (Pluteus leoninus), willow plyute (Pluteus salicinus), etc.


An edible and delicious mushroom.

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