One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A parasitic fungus that produces clumps of honey-coloured toadstools at the base of trees. The black hyphae invade a tree, causing decay or death and spreading out to other trees.
Armillaria mellea, family Tricholomataceae, class Hymenomycetes
- ‘The trees are being replaced by another species, hornbeam, because it was feared that the honey fungus disease that has killed the mature specimens would also attack young chestnut trees.’
- ‘These are highly esteemed, including the ink caps and honey fungus.’
- ‘They are a pest in the eyes of most foresters, but many, such as the honey mushroom are edible.’
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