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H. crustuliniforme
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Hymenogastraceae
(formerly Cortinariaceae)
Genus: Hebeloma
(Fr.) P.Kumm. (1871)
Type species
Hebeloma fastibile
(Pers.) P.Kumm. (1871)

Hebeloma is a genus of fungi. Found worldwide, it contains the poison pie or fairy cakes (Hebeloma crustuliniforme) and the ghoul fungus (H. aminophilum), from Western Australia, which grows on rotting animal remains.


The generic name is a compound Ancient Greek word of Hebe, "youth," or "puberty," and the suffix -loma, a fringe (pertaining to the fungal veil). Thus, Hebeloma translates as "youthful fringe/veil," in reference to how the fungal veil is only seen in immature specimens.[1]

See also[edit]

List of Hebeloma species


  1. ^ Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group, News Sheet No 12: Autumn 2006 [1]

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