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

Hebeloma is a genus of fungi in the family Hymenogastraceae.[1] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Matheny PB, Curtis JM, Hofstetter V, Aime MC, Moncalvo JM, Ge ZW, Slot JC, Ammirati JF, Baroni TJ, Bougher NL, Hughes KW, Lodge DJ, Kerrigan RW, Seidl MT, Aanen DK, DeNitis M, Daniele GM, Desjardin DE, Kropp BR, Norvell LL, Parker A, Vellinga EC, Vilgalys R, Hibbett DS (2006). "Major clades of Agaricales: a multilocus phylogenetic overview" (PDF). Mycologia. 98 (6): 982–95. PMID 17486974. doi:10.3852/mycologia.98.6.982. 
  2. ^ Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group, News Sheet No 12: Autumn 2006

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