Giant Flame Cap
New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: n/a
Gymnopilus junonius is a large poisonous mushroom. The cap ranges from 70mm to 200mm in diameter, is convex, and is bright orange, orange/brown, or reddish brown with a dry scaly surface. The stem is 25mm to 260mm long, 8mm to 9mm thick, and often narrows near the base. It has a frail ring that's often dusted with rusty orange spores. The flesh is yellow and the gill attachment to the stem is adnate to sub-decurrent. The spore print is rusty orange.
Gymnopilus junonius usually grows in dense clusters on dead tree stumps, logs, or the lower trunk of hardwood and conifer trees.
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