Phylum: Basidiomycota Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales Family: Physalacriaceae
Species: Armillaria mellea (Vahl) P. Kumm.
Synonyms: Agaricus melleus
Agaricus sulphureus
Armillaria mellea var. maxima
Armillaria mellea var. minor
Armillaria mellea var. sulphurea
Armillariella mellea
Clitocybe mellea
Common Name: Honey Fungus


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    Associated Species (where recorded) & number of records:
    Fagus sylvatica (29)
    Corylus avellana (15)
    Quercus (10)
    Quercus petraea (8)
    Alnus glutinosa (7)
    Acer pseudoplatanus (5)
    Pinus sylvestris (4)
    Fraxinus excelsior (4)
    Pinus (3)
    Poa (2)
    Betula pendula (2)
    Picea abies (2)
    Sorbus aucuparia (1)
    Quercus robur (1)
    Prunus spinosa (1)
    Prunus laurocerasus (1)
    Salix (1)
    Tilia cordata x platyphyllos (1)
    Acanthaceae (1)
    Larix decidua (1)
    Salix cinerea (1)
    Beech (1)
    Betula (1)
    Betula pubescens (1)
    Crataegus monogyna (1)
    Hawthorn (1)
    Larix (1)
    Habitat (where recorded) & number of records:
    Woodland: broadleaved, semi-natural (26)
    Woodland: broadleaved (20)
    Woodland: mixed (18)
    Parkland and scattered trees (9)
    Woodland: broadleaved, plantation (9)
    Neutral grassland: semi-improved (8)
    Woodland: coniferous, plantation (7)
    Woodland: mixed, plantation (7)
    Woodland: mixed, semi-natural (6)
    Parkland and scattered trees: broadleaved (4)
    Woodland (4)
    Boundaries: defunct hedge (3)
    Built up area, domestic (3)
    Acid grassland (2)
    Fraxinus excelsior-Sorbus aucuparia-Mercurialis perennis woo (2)
    Marsh/marshy grassland (2)
    Neutral grassland (2)
    Parkland and scattered trees: mixed (2)
    Woodland: broadleaved, plantation, high forest (2)
    Acid grassland: semi-improved (1)
    Bare ground (1)
    Boundaries: defunct hedge, species-poor (1)
    Boundaries: hedge with trees (1)
    Boundaries: hedge with trees, species-rich (1)
    Cynosurus cristatus-Centaurea nigra grassland (1)
    Improved grassland (1)
    Mire: blanket bog (1)
    Quercus petraea-Betula pubescens-Oxalis acetosella woodland (1)
    Recently felled woodland (1)
    Scrub (1)
    Wet heath/acid grassland (1)
    Woodland and scrub (1)
    Woodland: plantation (1)
    Substrate (where recorded) & number of records:
    Dead Wood (43)
    Soil (38)
    Soil Leaves (25)
    Soil Grassy (21)
    Quercus rubra (17)
    Stump (16)
    Tree (10)
    Acer pseudoplatanus (4)
    Fallen Tree (4)
    wood (3)
    Rotting Wood (2)
    Soil Mossy (2)
    Dead Branch (1)
    Larch (Larix) (1)
    Root (1)
    Soil Needle (1)
    tree, dead (1)
    Months recorded in & number of records:
    January (1)
    February (2)
    March (7)
    April (14)
    May (9)
    June (2)
    July (10)
    August (8)
    September (42)
    October (132)
    November (56)
    December (2)