Horned Hercules (Clavariadelphus pistillaris) photo and description

Horned Hercules (Clavariadelphus pistillaris)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Phallomycetidae (Veselkovye)
  • Order: Gomphales
  • Family: Clavariadelphaceae (Clavariadelphase)
  • Genus: Clavariadelphus (Clavariadelphus)
  • Species: Clavariadelphus pistillaris (Horned Hercules)
    Other names for the mushroom:

  • Pistil horned
  • Horned clavate

Other names:

  • Horned clavate

  • Horned Hercules

Horned Hercules (Clavariadelphus pistillaris)


The fruiting body is 5-10 (20) cm high and about 2-3 cm wide, clavate, longitudinally wrinkled, light yellow or reddish with a light felt base.

Spore powder is white.

Flesh: spongy, light, without a special smell, turns brown on the cut.


Hercules horned lives in August and September mainly in deciduous forests, rarely. Found in more southern regions.

Similar Species: Truncated Hornbeam, which has a flat top of the fruiting body and a sweetish taste.


Hercules Horned - A little-known edible mushroom (according to some sources, it is considered inedible).


Listed in the Red Book of Russia.