(Fr.) P.Kumm. (1871)
(Pers.) P.Kumm. (1871)
Hebeloma is a genus of fungi in the family Strophariaceae. 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.
- The veiled species of Hebeloma in the western United States by Alexander H. Smith, Vera Stucky Evenson, and Duane H. Mitchel, 1983. (Full text of monograph.)
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