Bulbous Honey Fungus (Armillaria gallica)
Habitat: Growing in a cluster on wood at the base of an old chestnut oak tree in a dense mixed hardwood/pine forest. Northwest Georgia.
Gills: lamellulae present, cream colored, slightly decurrent
Stipe: white. bulbous and yellow-stained near the base. flimsy (cobwebby) white ring zone
Cap: brown with white veil remnants. appears fuzzy.
Spore print: White.
''Armillaria gallica'' is a species of honey mushroom in the family Physalacriaceae of the order Agaricales. The species is a common and ecologically important wood-decay fungus that can live as a saprobe, or as an opportunistic parasite in weakened tree hosts to cause root or butt rot. It is found in temperate regions of Asia, North America, and Europe. The species forms fruit bodies singly or in groups in soil or rotting wood. The fungus has been inadvertently introduced to South Africa. ''Armillaria.. more