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Gymnopilus luteofolius



Gymnopilus luteofolius

Gymnopilus luteofolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Homobasidiomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Cortinariaceae
Genus: Gymnopilus
Species: G. luteofolius
Binomial name
Gymnopilus luteofolius
(Peck) Singer
Gymnopilus luteofolius
mycological characteristics:
 
gills on hymenium
 

cap is convex

 

hymenium is adnate

 

stipe has a ring

 

spore print is reddish-brown

 

ecology is saprotrophic

 

edibility: psychoactive

Gymnopilus luteofolius, also known as Yellow-Gilled Gymnopilus is a large and widely distributed mushroom which grows in dense clusters on dead hardwoods and conifers. It has a rusty orange spore print and a bitter taste. It contains the hallucinogen psilocybin.

Additional recommended knowledge

In Japan this mushroom is called waraitake, which translates to "laughing mushroom". This mushroom is often mistaken for Gymnopilus ventricosus, which contains no psilocybin.

Description

The cap ranges from 3 to 8 cm across, is convex, and is reddish orange or reddish brown with a dry scaly surface. The cap margin is inrolled well into maturity. The flesh is yellow and the gills are crowded, yellow to orange, and adnate to subdecurrent. The stem is dusted with rusty orange spores and has a cottony partial veil, and often narrows near the base. Most people find this mushroom to have a bitter taste.

 

 
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Gymnopilus_luteofolius". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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