Honey Mushrooms - Armillaria mellea
Caps were flat, orange/tan, faintly lined, and had scales concentrated toward the center. Gills were pinkish, attached to the stem and slightly decurrent with frequent short gills. The stipe had white flocculence and a ring.
Habitat: I spotted THOUSANDS of these mushrooms growing alone or in clusters throughout a mixed forest. They were everywhere!
''Armillaria mellea'', commonly known as honey fungus, is a basidiomycete fungus in the genus ''Armillaria''. It is a plant pathogen and part of a cryptic species complex of closely related and morphologically similar species. It causes Armillaria root rot in many plant species and produces mushrooms around the base of trees it has infected. The symptoms of infection appear in the crowns of infected trees as discoloured foliage, reduced growth, dieback of the branches and death. The mushrooms are.. more