Horned Hercules (Clavariadelphus pistillaris)Systematics:
- 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
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.