Honey Mushroom

By William T. Hathaway

Honey Mushroom (Armillaria tabescens)

Some mushrooms in the kingdom Fungi have an interesting means of survival: a massive underground network of fine FILAMENTS that are interconnected and interwoven is formed — suitable environmental conditions happen — a living mat, recognized as a MYCELIUM is produced — it follows that the MYCELIUM develops an aboveground “fruit” known as a MUSHROOM — oncoming “seeds” are actually microscopic structures known as SPORES.

The Ringless Honey Mushroom (Armillaria tabescens) is a member of a complex genus and is often difficult to classify, since it has many look-alikes. Its unique bunch-clustering is likely to assure it a spot in our memory.