What You Should Know
Hygrophorus lucorum is a species of fungus belongs to the group Basidiomycota. It is recognized by its bell-shaped or broadly conical shape and yellowish cap color.
First described by Károly Kalchbrenner in 1874. Hygrophorus lucorum belongs to the genus Hygrophorus, and is related to Hygrophoraceae.
It is edible but with low culinary value. Used after 5 minutes of boiling, boiled, fried, marinated.
Other names: Larch Woodwax.
Hygrophorus lucorum Mushroom Identification
2 - 6 cm in diameter, initially bell-shaped or broadly conical, later convex-spreading, flat-spreading, sometimes concave in the middle, with a lowered edge. The surface of the cap is smooth, sticky, mucous, lemon-yellow, yellowish, lighter at the edges, with remnants of the cover at the edges.
The plates are thin, thick, low on the leg, first whitish, yellowish, later yellow.
7 - 10 * 4 - 6 microns, elliptical, with a smooth surface, colorless.
3 - 9 cm high, 0.4 - 1 cm in diameter, thin, cylindrical, often curved, first solid, later hollow, white-fibrous, white-floury at the top, whitish or yellowish.
The flesh is soft, light, yellowish in the stalk and under the skin, without a pronounced odor.
Grows from August to late November, in coniferous larch and pine forests, among moss, alone and in groups, forms mycorrhizae with pines and larch.
Hygrophorus lucorum Synonyms
Limacium lucorum (Kalchbr.) P. Hennings, 1898
Tricholoma luteocitrinum Rea, 1909
Hygrophorus luteocitrinum Rea, 1909
Hygrophorus lucorum amethysteus Candusso, 2008
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