Plute de Pouzar, Pluteus pouzarianus

Le Pluté de Pouzar, Pluteus pouzarianus se more frequently encountered in the mountains. Brownish in color, shiny, this fungus likes the dead woods of coniferous forests.

Plute de Pouzar, Pluteus pouzarianus


Scientific N. Pluteus pouzarianus

Family Plutaces

Hat hemispherical then convex and eventually flatten out, dark-brown gray-brown, D. 3-15 cm

Hymenium free slats and talons, white then pink

Spores spores rostrums

Ring absent

Pied cylindrical, creamy white, brown fibrils near the base, H. 4-14 cm

Chair thin, fragile and whitish

Come back absent

Odour weak or slightly raphanodic (radish)

Habitat and uses

Division France, Europe

Periodt and fall

Habitaton dead coniferous wood, more common in the mountains

Possible confusionPluteus deer, Pluteus alniphilus, Pluteus Primus

Toxicityconsidered inedible

Culinary interestwithout culinary interest

Usesnon rfrencs

If the Pluté de Pouzar, from its Latin name Pluteus pouzarianus, rarely develops in the plains, it is more frequent in the mountains. Brownish in color, shiny, this Basidiomycète from family Pluteaceae appreciates coniferous forests. It is often seen there in the formation of several individuals of all ages, close together on dead wood.

Description of the Pluté de Pouzar

When the Plutee of Pouzar emerges from the ground its hat is first hemispherical then it will open to display a more convex shape to eventually flatten out. Its very variable dimensions are included between 3 and 10 cm in diameter. Dark-brown to gray-brown in color, its surface is slightly greasy to the touch, giving it a shiny appearance. Its center, somewhat nippled, is delicately covered with brownish strands. However, it is sometimes possible that his center is depressed. The margin at the edge of the hat is smooth and sometimes finely fibrillate. Under it, the free but tight blades are white in young subjects then turn pink at maturity.

The white to cream stalk is cylindrical with brown fibrils visible near the base. More or less imposing, it measures 4 to 15 cm high for a diameter of 0.5 to 3 cm. The flesh, thin, is fragile and whitish. It has a mild flavor and a weak or slightly raphanoid odor.

Determination of Pluteus pouzarianus

The determination of the species of this genre often causes problems. It is difficult to differentiate some Plutées from each other.

Particularly Pluteus pouzarianus with the Pluted color of deer, Pluteus deer, but also with Pluteus alniphilus as well as the Spring plumed, Pluteus. Found on deciduous and coniferous trees, the former is very difficult to distinguish but sometimes has more blackish hues. The second, Pluteus alniphilus, grows on hardwoods and finally the Spring Pluted grows, as the name suggests, in spring.

However, to have a reliable identification it is necessary to carry out observations under a microscope.

Living environment

This unusual Pluté grows on dead coniferous wood. Indeed, all Plutées are saprophytic fungi and the Pluté de Pouzar is no exception, its mycelium feeds on organic debris from conifers.

It is more frequently seen in the mountains and can develop on its own as well as surrounded by its congeners.

Finally, the most favorable period for its development extends from the beginning of summer until autumn.

Toxicity or culinary interest

This species does not appear to be toxic, but is nonetheless considered inedible. Probably due to its lack of culinary interest or its potential indigestible effect.

Species and varieties of Pluteus

Quite remarkable Plutées can be found in our forests:

  • Pluteus aurantiorugosus : Plumed orange, hat grainy then wrinkled, orange to reddish orange
  • Pluteus umbrosus : Plumed shade brown, ochraceous hat covered with spiky brown wicks
  • Pluteus tricuspidatus : Black-bridled, reddish-brown to blackish-brown hat with small brown streaks in the center
  • Pluteus murinus : gray to dark gray-brown hat, uniformly velvety
  • Pluteus thomsonii : Plumed ashy, dark brown hat with large wrinkles forming a network
Cards of mushrooms of the same genus

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