Hammered honeydew (Desarmillaria ectypa) photo and description

Hammered honeydew (Desarmillaria ectypa)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Physalacriaceae (Physalacriaceae)
  • Genus: Desarmillaria ()
  • Species: Desarmillaria ectypa


  • Armillaria ectypa

  • Marsh honey fungus

Hammered honey fungus (Armillaria ectypa)

Hammered honeydew belongs to the physalacria family, while, unlike many other types of honey agarics, it is quite rare.

Grows in forests (more precisely, in swamps) of some European countries (Netherlands, UK). In the Russian Federation, it was found in the central regions (Leningrad region, Moscow region), as well as in the Tomsk region.

Feature: grows either singly or in small groups. At the same time, he prefers not stumps or ordinary forest litter, but marshy soils or moist sphagnum mosses.

Season - August - end of September.

The fruiting body is represented by a cap and a leg. The chased honey fungus is a lamellar mushroom, and therefore its hymenophore is pronounced.

The cap measures up to about six centimeters, in young mushrooms - a convex cap, at a later age - flat with a wavy edge. There may be a slightly depressed center.

The color is brown with a beautiful pink tint. In some specimens, the color of the cap in the center may be darker than at the edges.

The leg of the chased honeydew reaches a length of 8-10 centimeters, it has no ring (also a feature of this species). Color - like a hat.

The plates under the cap are pale pink or light brown, slightly descending to the stem.

The pulp is very dry; in rainy weather it can become transparent. There is no smell.

Not edible.

It is considered a rare species, therefore it is listed in the Red Data Books of the regions. Factors that contribute to the decrease in the populations of the chased honeydew are deforestation and drainage of swamps.