Volvariella bombycina

Scientific name:  Volvariella bombycina (Schaeff.)
Derivation of name:   Bombyc- means "silky" in reference
to the silky fibers of the cap.
SynonymsAgaricus bombycinus Schaeff.  
Common name(s):  Tree Volvariella.
Phylum:   Basidiomycota
Order:   Agaricales
Family:   Pluteaceae
Occurrence on wood substrate: Saprobic; solitary or in
groups on deciduous standing trees or stumps or logs; July
through October.  
Dimensions:  Caps 5-20 cm wide; stipes 6-20 cm long
and 1-2 cm thick.  
Cap:  White to yellowish-white; dry, silky-fibered.
Gills: Free; white at first, becoming pinkish.
Spore print: Salmon to pink.
Stipe: White; smooth; dry; surrounded at base by a
membranous volva.
Veil: Absent.
Edibility: Edible.
Comments:  These mushrooms often grow out of wounds
in trees.
More information at MushroomExpert.com:   

Figure 1. Volvariella bombycina growing from the base of a
sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum) in a residential
landscape. Photo © John Dawson.

Figure 2. The whitish cap is covered with silky fibers. Photo
© John Dawson.

Figure 3. The stipe arises out of a volva, the remains of a
universal veil. Photo © John Dawson.


Figure 4. Closed universal veil of Volvariella bombycina.
Photo © Dorothy Smullen.

Figure 5. The cap is emerging from the veil of
the specimen in Figure 4. Photo © Dorothy Smullen.

Figure 6. The silky-fibered cap of Volvariella bombycina
emerging from the universal veil. Photo © Julie Zeyzus.

Figure 7. Mature gills of Volvariella bombycina are pinkish.
Photo © Julie Zeyzus.

Figure 8. The gills are free from the stalk. Photo © William


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