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Conocybe juniana, also called Conocybe magnicapitata, belongs to the Bolbitia family, of the genus Conocybe or Caps. It is a lamellar mushroom with an interesting coloration. Despite its diminutive size, the fruiting body looks neat, retaining the characteristic features of a real mushroom.
What do large-headed conocybe look like?
The fruiting body of the large-headed cap is small. The diameter of the cap is only 0.4-2.1 cm. The color varies from light sand to brownish and red-brown. Only the mushroom that has appeared has a rounded thimble-like shape, as it grows, it straightens, becoming bell-shaped, and then - umbrella-shaped with a pronounced lump in the center. The surface is smooth, longitudinal stripes are visible through the thin flesh of the plates, the edges are even, in the overgrown mushroom they are slightly bent upwards.
Plates are frequent, unforgiven. The color corresponds to the top or one tone lighter, without a cover. Spores are brown.
The stem is thin, even, 1 to 3 mm thick, grows up to 10 cm in some specimens. Fibrous, with small scales and longitudinal grooves, the color darkens with age, from reddish-sandy to almost black.
Where do large-headed conocybe grow
It is found everywhere, in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, it is undemanding to the climate, as well as to the composition of the soil. Grows in small groups, scattered. He loves forest glades and meadows with an abundance of grass, in which he takes shelter from the scorching sun. The mycelium bears fruit from early June to late autumn.
Is it possible to eat large-headed conocybe
Large-headed cap is classified as an inedible mushroom due to its low nutritional value and small size. No poisonous substances were found in its composition, so they cannot be poisoned. The pulp of the fruit body is fragile, dark, with a pleasant mushroom aroma, sweetish, with a faint smell of earth and dampness.
How to distinguish a large-headed conocybe
Similar outwardly poisonous twins of the large-headed conocybe stand out strongly in size and color:
- The fiber is conical. Poisonous. Differs in larger sizes, grows up to 7 cm, has a light-colored leg, an unpleasant odor.
- Paneolus is rimmed. Toxic. It is distinguished by a lighter, egg-shaped cap, almost black plates, a grayish leg with a thickening at the root.
- Psilocybe. Poisonous. The cap is pointed conical in shape with inwardly rounded edges, with adherent descending plates, slimy, like lacquer. The leg is almost white.
The large-headed cap is very similar to representatives of its own species. Fortunately, they are not poisonous either.
- The cap is fibrous. Not poisonous. Differs in a lighter, creamier hat and the same leg.
- The cap is brown. The hat is light brown, the leg is creamy white.
- The cap is delicate. The cap is covered with small scales, light, very thin. The leg is white and cream.
The large-headed conocybe belongs to cosmopolitans, it can be found in the most unexpected places. Loves thickets of tall grasses, which provide the delicate fruiting body with the necessary moisture and protection from the sun. Fruiting all summer and the first half of autumn until frost. In dry years, it dries up, not having time to grow. The fruit body is classified as inedible, although it does not contain poisonous substances. The miniature size and short lifespan make it uninteresting for mushroom pickers. It is quite simple to distinguish from poisonous twins, since it has characteristic, pronounced signs.