Paneolus hay (Panaeolina foenisecii) photo and description

Paneolus hay (Panaeolina foenisecii)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Psathyrellaceae (Psatirellaceae)
  • Genus: Panaeolina (Paneolina)
  • Species: Panaeolina foenisecii (Paneolus hay)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Hay dung


  • Panaeolus foenisecii

  • Paneolus hay

Paneolus hay (Panaeolus foenisecii)

Collection time: grows from spring to early December, best in September and October.

Location: Singly or in groups in low grass. in lawns, fields, river valleys or fertile pastures.


Sizes: 8 - 25 mm ∅, 8 - 16 mm high.

Shape: first from semicircular to broadly conical, then bell-shaped, many at the end in the shape of an umbrella, but never flat.

Color: from beige - yellow to cinnamon color, with a light brown surface, shiny when dry. Dark reddish brown when wet.

Surface: Soft, grooved if damp, torn and scaly if dry, especially on older specimens.


Sizes: 20 - 80 mm high, 3 - 4 mm ∅.

Shape: straight and uniform, sometimes slightly flat.

Color: light, with a reddish tinge, if dry, turns brown when damp. The cap is always lighter than the cap, especially in the upper part and in young specimens, brownish at the base.

Surface: smooth, hollow, brittle, brittle. Without a ring.

Spore-bearing layer

Color: pale brown and mottled (spores do not form everywhere), with white edges, darkens to black specks (when spores are ripe and fall out), much browner than Panaeolus species (bell-shaped dung beetles).

Location: relatively close to each other, widely fused with the stem, adnаt.

This mushroom can be easily confused with the equally inedible Panaeolus papilionaceus.

ACTIVITY: low to medium.