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King Boletus

Boletus subcaerulescens

Artist's Conk
Ganoderma applanatum

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus

Black Trumpets
Craterellus fallax

Blewits
Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Chaga
Inonotus obliquus

Comb Tooth
Hericium coralloides

Common Laccaria
Laccaria laccata

Corrugated Cap Milky
Lactarius corrugis

Dryad's Saddle
Polyporus squamosus

Giant Puffball
Langemannia gigantea

Golden Chanterelle
Cantharellus cibarius

Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Dentinum repandum

Hedgehog Little
Dentinum umbilicatum

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Honey Mushrooms
Armilleria mellea

Horn of Plenty
Craterellus cornucopioides

Horse Mushroom
Agaricus arvensis

Hygrophorus Milky
Lactarius hygrophoroides

Lilac Bolete
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Hericium erinaceus

Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Agaricus compestris

Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Quilted Green Russula
Russula virescens

Red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Rooted Oudemansiella
Oudemansiella radicata

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Smooth Chanterelle
Cantharellus lateritius

Tinder Fungus
Fomes fomentarius

Turkey Tail
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor

Voluminous-latex Milky
Lactarius volemus

Winter Chanterelle
Cantharellus tubaeformis
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RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE

The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Armillaria abortivum
Formerly Entoloma abortivum

Aborted Armillaria

It is now pretty well known that the "aborted form" is a Honey mushroom - Armillaria - and NOT an Entoloma abortivum.
The recommended name change has been proposed as "Abortive Entoloma" to reflect the fact that the Entoloma is the causative of the parasitism and not the victim -
rather than as it appears to denote with a name of "Aborted Entoloma".

The "normal form" however remains Entoloma abortivum. I know. It's all very confusing.

I am just biting the bullet and naming it Aborted Armillaria / Armillaria abortivum.

It's bad enough that Honey mushrooms are a 'complex' - with a lot of confusion.

Now we have Honey mushrooms that are deformed / aborted.
This article is about my personal experience collecting and eating the "Aborted form" only.

Anyway, I have been collecting and eating the aborted looking form for 35 years. Although there were occasions in that time span when perfectly formed Entoloma abortivums were present while collecting the globs, I never picked any to eat.
Photo of a group of Aborted Armillaria mushrooms AND regular forms of Entoloma abortivum in close proximity - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum
Here you can see the regular forms of Entoloma abortivum on the left side of tree.

All the field guides I had amassed over the years recommended that the safe route was to pick the aborted forms and if you did pick the normal forms of Entoloma abortivum for eating to do so only if they were in very close proximity to the aborted form.

I chose to only pick the aborted form all those years.
Photo of a group of Aborted Armillaria mushrooms on tree trunk - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum

I find them tasty and I like the texture when cooked. That's me though. I particularly enjoy them for breakfast with eggs. The eggs do not have any overpowering flavor to detract from the mild flavor of these mushrooms so that makes them perfect.
Plus there are usually lots of these when they appear. I like it when there are lots.
Of course, everyone has a different opinion about what a mushroom's appeal is so you will have to determine it yourself.

Since I have always enjoyed Honey mushrooms over the decades it comes as no surprise that these aborted forms that I have been enjoying in the same time span are actually Honey mushrooms.
Close-up photo of a cluster of Aborted Armillaria mushrooms - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum

It used to be believed that the aborted form was an Entoloma abortivum that had been parasitized by Armillaria spp. which somehow affected the way it grew, ultimately deforming the fruit body.

Since it is now pretty well confirmed that it is the other way around, that is, that Entoloma abortivum parasitizes the parasite Armillaria, deforming it's fruiting body, I can say I never ate an Entoloma.

So, if you have been eating these aborted forms then you have been eating Honey mushrooms like those shown below. Hard to imagine that those tan colored Honey's in my hand could actually look like white, deformed globs.
Photo of a pair of Armillaria mellea - Armillaria mellea

Do what I have done for decades and if you find perfectly formed Entoloma abortivum fruiting bodies along with the whitish, deformed globs leave the perfect ones behind and grab these.
Close-up photo of a group of picked Aborted Armillaria mushrooms - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum

The deformed Armillaria's will have a delicate lumply cottage cheese appearance.
Many will be tire shaped.
There will be no gills found.
A stem is non existent or if present will just look like an afterthought.
Close-up photo of an Aborted Armillaria mushroom - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum

If you cut the fruiting body in half you will see some marbling that could have some pinkish or light brownish in it.
These mushrooms often will be found growing on wood. If it looks like they are growing on the ground it is probably because there is buried wood - just like what Honey mushrooms appear to do.
Surprise, surprise!
Photo of an  Aborted Armillaria mushroom cut in half - Entoloma abortivum / Armillaria abortivum

Best practice - pick only the ugly deformities for eating. Pick the small ones from the group. They will be more firm and will cook up delectably.


Armillaria abortivum - A/K/A Aborted Armillaria.
DATE - Late August through fall.
FOUND - Laurel Hill State Park, Bakersville, Pa. area. Kooser State Park. Forbes Forest in Jones Mill area.
Several clusters were found on both sides of an old oak stumps. Perfect Honey mushrooms are also around on occasion.

Weather conditions: Best when it has been wet.

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