Hygrophorus poetarum photo and description

Hygrophorus poetarum

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Hygrophoraceae (Hygrophoric)
  • Genus: Hygrophorus (Gigrofor)
  • Species: Hygrophorus poetarum


Gigrofor poetic

Hygrophorus poetarum

External description

At first, a spherical cap, then spread out, but gradually acquires a bumpy appearance. Slightly bent and uneven edges. Shiny, smooth skin, silky appearance, but not sticky. Dense, very strong leg, extended upward and sticky downward, silky and shiny, covered with silvery thin fibers. Fleshy, wide and rather rare plates. Dense, white flesh, with a jasmine and fruity aroma, pleasant to the taste. The color of the cap varies from light red to pinkish and white with a light yellow tint. A white leg that can turn reddish or fawn. Yellowish or white plates.


An edible good mushroom. It can be cooked in a variety of ways and can be preserved in vegetable oil or dried.


It is found in deciduous forests in small groups, mainly under beeches, both in mountainous areas and in hills.


Summer autumn.

Similar species

Strongly similar to Hygrophorus pudorinus, an edible, mediocre fungus that grows under conifers.