Gerronema strombodes

Gerronema strombodes

Gerronema is a genus of small- to medium-sized lignicolous agarics with white, non amyloid, spores and decurrent gills. The genus was circumscribed by American mycologist Rolf Singer in 1951.


Typically the cap of the fruit bodies have a shallow to deep central depression, giving the umbrella-like to funnel-shaped caps the appearance of a belly button, or a belly with a navel. Similarly shaped agarics are said to be omphalinoid in appearance in reference to a morphologically similar genus, OmphalinaGerronema differ from Omphalina by the absence of incrusting or intraparietal pigments typical of Omphalina, the occasional occurrence of bright colors, such as yellow or green absent in Omphalina, by the restriction to decay of wood, and by the tough tissues composed of sarcodimitic hyphae. A similar species, Chrysomphalina chrysophylla, is more widely distributed; it grows on the deadwood of conifers and, under the microscope, features larger spores and lacks clamp connections.


The species have a primarily tropical distribution, but also occur in Europe and eastern North America where they fruit during hot muggy, summer weather. One of the most common species in the eastern United States is Gerronema strombodes.


Officially unknown but I have heard a few reports of people eating them, some say slightly bitter in taste…


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