The Santa Cruz Mycoflora Project

A Comprehensive Reference to the Macrofungi of Santa Cruz County

Genus: Hypholoma

Family: Strophariaceae

Hypholoma capnoides

Hypholoma capnoides

Hypholoma capnoides Hypholoma fasciculare

Known Species in the County

Approximately 2 species in Santa Cruz County.

Hypholoma Records from Santa Cruz County:

Hypholoma are easily recognized by their clustered, brightly colored fruitbodies that emerge from decaying wood, and that produce dark purplish-gray spore deposits. Some species are edible while others are highly toxic. None are very highly sought after for the table.

Abundant and widespread, these mushrooms are important wood-decayers in our forest ecosystems, decomposing the woody remains of a wide range of tree species.

Important identification characters include coloration, taste, and host tree species (hardwood or conifer?).