Hemipholiota populnea    (Pers.:Fr.) Bon 

common name(s) : Poplar Pholiota 

New classification: Basidiomycota/Agaricomycotina/Agaricomycetes/Agaricomycetidae/Agaricales/Strophariaceae  
Former classification: Basidiomycota/Homobasidiomycetes/Agaricomycetideae/Cortinariales/Strophariaceae  

synonyms: Myxocybe destruens, Pholiota populnea, Dryophila destruens, Pholiota destruens 

edibility : inedible

photo gallery of  Hemipholiota populnea
photo gallery of  Hemipholiota populnea potential confusions with  Hemipholiota populnea toxicity of Hemipholiota populnea genus Hemipholiota  

The cap is pale grey to brownish yellow, with a central umbo; its margin is inrolled, with white veil remnants. The cap surface is scaly, not viscid nor sticky.

The stem is tough, thick, rooting, bulbous, with a ring.

The flesh is whitish, unchanging; its taste is bitter; the odour is unpleasant; its texture is fibrous.

The gills are pale then red brown, adnate, crowded . The spore print is tobacco brown. This species is saprophytic, sometimes parasitic. It grows on wood, sometimes still alive, in tufts, in broad-leaved woods, with poplar, willow, birch.

The fruiting period takes place from July to November.
Dimensions: width of cap approximately 13 cm (between 4 and 25 cm)
  height of stem approximately 10 cm (between 5 and 15 cm)
  thickness of stem (at largest section) approximately 25 mm (between 13 and 50 mm)

Distinctive features : on stumps or dead wood of poplars or willows; very bitter taste

Hemipholiota populnea is rare and confined in the forest of Rambouillet, and is occasional, more generally speaking .
here should be the distribution map of Hemipholiota populnea in the forest of Rambouillet
Above : distribution map of Hemipholiota populnea in the forest of Rambouillet

page updated on 14/01/18