Yellow-colored raincoat (Lycoperdon flavotinctum) photo and description

Yellow-colored raincoat (Lycoperdon flavotinctum)

  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Agaricaceae (Champignon)
  • Genus: Lycoperdon (Raincoat)
  • Species: Lycoperdon flavotinctum (Yellow-colored raincoat)

Yellow-colored raincoat

The bright, sunny yellow color of the yellow-colored raincoat will not confuse this mushroom with other raincoats. Otherwise, it grows and develops in the same way as other, better known and much less rare raincoats.


Fruit body : in young mushrooms, round, almost without a stem, then elongated, pear-shaped, sometimes with a distinct false stem, about 1 cm. Small, up to three centimeters in height and up to 3.5 cm in width. The outer surface is bright yellow, dark yellow, orange-yellow, yellow, pale yellow, lighter towards the base; lighter with age. In youth, the surface of the fungus is covered with small spines and pimples. With growth or rain, the thorns can completely crumble.

If you carefully pluck out the mushroom, you can see thick tapered strands of mycelium at the base.

As the spores mature, the outer shell cracks at the top, creating an opening for the spore to escape.

Spores form in the upper part of the fruiting body. The sterile (sterile) part is about a third of the height.

Flesh : white, whitish in young specimens, darkens with age, acquiring an olive brown color and turns into a powder containing spores. Soft, rather dense, somewhat cotton-like in structure.

Smell : pleasant, mushroom.

Taste : mushroom.

Spore powder : yellowish brown.

Spores are yellowish-brown, spherical, finely spiny, 4-4.5 (5) microns, with a tiny stem.


Edible at a young age, like other edible raincoats: as long as the flesh is white and firm, it has not turned into powder.

Season and distribution

Summer-autumn (July - October).

The mushroom is considered very rare. It does not bear fruit every year, in open soil in mixed and deciduous forests. Occurs singly or in small groups. There is information about finds in Western Europe and North America.

Photo: Boris Melikyan (Fungarium.INFO)