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Honey Fungus

Armillaria spp.

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A photograph of some Honey Fungi Armillaria solidipes
A photograph of some Honey Fungi Armillaria solidipes
A photograph of some Honey Fungi Armillaria solidipes
A photo of Honey Fungus
A photo of Honey Fungus

Honey Fungus Overview

Armillaria is a genus of parasitic fungi, meaning it requires a plant to complete its life cycle. The Honey Fungus uses the plant as a host, usually causing some degree of harm and in some cases, death of the plant. The name Honey Fungus refers to several species. It's long-lived, growing to enormous sizes in some instances. Honey Fungus appears as small, yellow-brown capped heads above ground during autumn, where they grow near trunks, stumps, and on the dead, rotting wood of a range of tree species. During other times of the year, Honey Fungus can be trickier to detect. Some key symptoms include leaves which appear small and pale or fade to autumn colours earlier than expected. Beneath the bark of trees around the collar, sheets of white mould with an intense mushroom smell may occur.