Spring honey (Gymnopus dryophilus) photo and description

Spring honey (Gymnopus dryophilus)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Omphalotaceae (Omphalot)
  • Genus: Gymnopus (Gymnopus)
  • Species: Gymnopus dryophilus (Spring honey)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Kollybia les-loving
  • Collybia is dubious
  • Colibia Dubravnaya
  • Regular money
  • Wood-loving money


  • Collibia is oak-loving;

  • Collibia is oak;

  • The money is ordinary;

  • Wood-loving money;

  • Spring honey;

  • Collybia dryophila;

  • Forest meadow honey.

Spring honey


Diameter 2-6 cm, hemispherical in youth, gradually unfolds with age; plates often shine through the edges of the cap. The fabric is hygrophilous, the color changes depending on humidity: the color of the central zone varies from brown to light red, the outer zone is lighter (to waxy-whitish). The flesh of the cap is thin, whitish; the smell is weak, the taste is difficult to distinguish.


Frequent, poorly adherent, thin, white or yellowish.

Spore powder:



Hollow, fibrous-cartilaginous, 2-6 cm in height, rather thin (the mushroom, as a rule, looks proportional), often pubescent at the base, with a cylindrical, slightly widening at the bottom; the color of the leg more or less corresponds to the color of the central part of the cap.


Spring honey grows from mid-May to late autumn in forests of various types - both on the litter and on the decaying remains of trees. In June-July, it is found in large numbers.

Similar species:

Mushroom Spring honey can be confused with meadow honey (Marasmius oreades) - much more frequent plates can serve as distinctive signs of colibacillus; in addition, there are several closely related species of colibia, which are relatively rare and, without a microscope, are completely indistinguishable from Collybia dryophila. Finally, this mushroom strikingly differs from light specimens of chestnut colibia (Rhodocollybia butyracea) by a cylindrical, not very thickened stem.


Various sources agree that the spring mushroom is generally edible, but it makes no sense: there is little meat, there is no taste. However, no one forbids trying.


The pseudo-popular name "money", supposedly referring to all small collisions, does not justify itself at all. For mushroom pickers, colibies are a kind of "backdrop" against which mushroom comedies and dramas are played; small colibies are an element of forest decoration, the same as last year's cones and night blindness flowers. What kind of "money" is there, if you don't even count them!

However, some mushroom pickers still pay attention to the wood-loving kollibia, strangely calling it "forest meadow forest". At the same time, explanations always follow in the sense that it makes no sense to collect forest meadow mushrooms, because there is neither taste nor smell in them. So, something has grown.