Lyophyllum decastes, commonly known as the fried chicken mushroom, is an edible species of fungus in the family Lyophyllaceae that grows in clusters on disturbed ground, with a faintly radish-like taste.
Gills are white but may yellow slightly with age. The firm flesh remains white on exposure.
Growing in dense, even huge clusters on the ground, L. decastes is usually found where the ground has been disturbed such as roadbeds, gravel, paths, landscaping areas, and sometimes in woods.
Prolific in Summer and Fall until Spring on the U.S. West Coast, it is widely distributed in North America.
-  Phyla and decastes description
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- Moncalvo, J.-M. , Rehner, S.A. & Vilgalys, R. (1993). "Systematics of Lyophyllum Section Difformia Based on Evidence from Culture Studies and Ribosomal DNA Sequences." Mycologia 85(5): 788-794.
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