Wood silverfish (Leucopholiota lignicola) photo and description

Wood silverfish (Leucopholiota lignicola)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Tricholomataceae (Tricholomaceae or Ordinary)
  • Genus: Leucopholiota (Leucofoliota)
  • Species: Leucopholiota lignicola (Wood silverfish)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Leukofoliota woody

Other names:

  • Wood silverfish

  • Leucopholiota decorosa

Wood silverfish (Leucopholiota lignicola)

Silverfish is a xylothorophagus fungus that usually grows on the wood of deciduous trees, preferring birch trees. It grows in groups, as well as singly.

It is found in mixed and deciduous forests of the central and northern regions, and can also grow in mountainous areas.

The season is from early August to late September.

The cap of a woody leukofoliota is brown or golden in color, reaching about 9 centimeters in diameter. Young mushrooms have a hemisphere, then the cap straightens, becomes almost flat. The surface is dry, may be covered with a few curved scales. Pieces of the bedspread remain at the edges in the form of golden flakes.

The leg is up to 8-9 centimeters long and is hollow. There may be slight bends, but mostly straight. The color is like a cap, while from the bottom to the ring on the leg there may be scales, then, above, the leg is absolutely smooth.

The pulp of Leucopholiota lignicola is very firm and has a pleasant mushroom taste and smell.

The mushroom is edible.