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Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Previously known as:

  • Lepiota lutea
Phonetic Spelling
lew-ko-KO-prih-nus bern-BAW-mee-eye
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This mushroom is easily recognizable by its small size, bright yellow powder and occurrence in potted plants, greenhouses and compost piles.

Identification Checklist:

  • CAP: Small, 1-2 inches in diameter, bell-shaped, fragile, margin striate, bright yellow and covered with powder
  • GILLS: Free from stalk, yellowish white
  • STALK: Slender, slightly enlarged at the base, covered with bright yellow powder
  • ANNULUS (ring): Bright yellow, covered with yellow powder, moveable up and down the stalk, often breaking loose
  • SPORE PRINT: White
See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#poisonous mushroom
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#poisonous mushroom
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Leucocoprinus
    Species:
    birnbaumii
    Family:
    Agaricaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, NC
    Distribution:
    Throughout NC especially in greenhouses, and potted plants in houses and shopping malls.
    Edibility:
    NOT EDIBLE!
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Mushroom
    Poisonous
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Children
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! This species is related to species known to be toxic. Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and other gastrointestinal upsets.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Possibly similar to related mushrooms
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Stems