Hebeloma mesophaeum

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Hebeloma mesophaeum

Hebeloma mesophaeum is a species of mushroom in the genus Hebeloma. It is commonly known as the "Veiled Poisonpie" due to its veil-like partial veil that covers the gills of the mushroom when young. This species is a member of the family Hymenogastraceae and is found in various habitats across Europe.

Description[edit | edit source]

Hebeloma mesophaeum has a cap that ranges in color from pale yellow to brown, with a distinctive umbo in the center. The gills are initially white but turn a rusty brown color as the mushroom matures. The stem is cylindrical and often has a ring or remnants of a partial veil.

Habitat and Distribution[edit | edit source]

This species is commonly found in mixed woodlands, particularly under beech trees. It is widespread in Europe, where it grows in both deciduous and coniferous forests.

Toxicity[edit | edit source]

Hebeloma mesophaeum is considered toxic and should not be consumed. It contains toxins that can cause gastrointestinal distress and other symptoms if ingested.

Similar Species[edit | edit source]

Hebeloma mesophaeum can be confused with other species in the genus Hebeloma. It is important to accurately identify mushrooms before consuming them to avoid potential poisoning.

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