Fried Chicken Mushroom

(Lyophyllum decastes)

Conservation Status
Fried Chicken Mushroom
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Fried Chicken Mushroom is usually a small to medium-small mushroom, sometimes a larger mushroom when growing in clusters. It grows on the ground, usually in large, compact clumps, though solitary individuals are sometimes found.

The stalk is 1¼ to 3 long, to 1 thick, white to ivory, solid, fibrous, smooth, and dry. It sometimes turns brownish with age, especially near the base. There is no cup-like covering (volva) at the base of the stalk, and there are no remnants of a universal veil clinging to the stalk.

The cap is smooth, dark brown, grayish-brown, yellowish-brown, or tan, 1¼ to 4¾ in diameter, and sometimes lobed. It is sometimes deeply convex and bell-shaped, sometimes shallowly convex with a pointed center. The margins often turn up with age.

The flesh is white and has a mild odor.

The gills are closely spaced and white to grayish, becoming straw-colored with age. They are attached, sometimes completely attached (adnate), sometimes extending down along the stalk (decurrent), and sometimes completely attached but with a notch near, but not at, the stalk (notched).

The spore print is white.


Similar Species

Habitat and Hosts

Roadsides, woodland trails, disturbed sites.




Summer to fall


Distribution Map



4, 7, 26, 29, 30, 77.





  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subphylum Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushrooms, bracket fungi, puffballs, and allies)  
  Subclass Agaricomycetidae  
  Order Agaricales (common gilled mushrooms and allies)  
  Suborder Tricholomatineae  
  Family Lyophyllaceae  
  Genus Lyophyllum (domecaps)  

Lyophyllum decastes is a species complex. Included in the complex are a possibly 5 species that are reproductively isolated from each other and are morphologically diverse. What they have in common is that they are drab in color, they grow in disturbed sites, and the microscopic spore-producing structures (basidia) on the vertical walls of the gills contain particles that darken dramatically when heated in acetocarmine, a biological staining solution.




Agaricus aggregatus

Agaricus decastes

Agaricus decastes var. decastes

Agaricus molybdinus

Agaricus subdecastes

Clitocybe aggregata

Clitocybe aggregata f. reducta

Clitocybe decastes

Clitocybe molybdina

Clitocybe subdecastes

Gyrophila aggregata

Lyophyllum aggregatum

Tricholoma aggregatum

Tricholoma amplum sensu


Common Names


Brauner Rasling

Chicken Mushroom

Clustered Domecap

Fried Chicken Mushroom









A microscopic, club-shaped structure on the underside of the cap of club fungi that produces spores.


Universal veil

An egg-like structure that envelopes all or most of a developing gill mushroom. Remnants of the universal veil sometimes visible on a mature mushroom are patchy warts on the cap, a ring on the stalk, and a volva at the base of the stalk.



Also called cup. A cup-like covering at the base of a mushroom stem, sometimes buried. It is the remnants of the universal veil ruptured by the mushroom pushing through. It is found on Amanita, Volvariella, and some other mushrooms.

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