Clavariadelphus pistillaris


Common Names: Donk, giant club
Category: Fungi
Sub-category: Club fungi


A rare species of mushroom of the family Gomphaceae native to Europe and North America. It grows during summer and autumn almost exclusively in beech forest on calcareous soil on litter and woodchips. The mat and wrinkled fruiting body has the shape of a club with a rounded top. Its length varies between 10 cm and 30 cm and its width between 1 cm and 5 cm. The skin is red brown to ocher red, sometimes cinnamon brown with a lilac tint, turning brown when damaged. The spongy flesh is white. The spore print is pale yellow. It has a weak, but pleasant scent.

Edible Notes: Mixed reports on edibility. Some suggest that it is not edible, bitter. Other sources say yes, it's edible. Not recommended.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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