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Fungi: Basidiomycota: Agaricomycetes: Gomphales: Gomphaceae: Gomphus clavatus (Pers.) Gray, 1821

Gomphus clavatus – Pig's ear

Synonyms: Cantharellus brevipes, Cantharellus clavatus, Clavaria elveloides, Clavaria truncata, Craterellus clavatus, Gomphora clavata, Gomphus truncatus, Merulius brevipes, Merulius clavatus, Neurophyllum clavatum, Thelephora clavata, Trombetta clavata.

Common name: pig's ear.

Russian name: Gomfus bulavovidnyy.

Extract from Wikipedia article: Gomphus clavatus, commonly known as pig's ears or the violet chanterelle, is an edible species of fungus in the genus Gomphus native to Eurasia and North America. The fruit body is vase- or fan-shaped with wavy edges to its rim, and grows up to 15 cm (6 in) wide and 17 cm (6 ⁄4 in) tall. The upper surface or cap is orangish-brown to lilac, while the lower spore-bearing surface, the hymenium, is covered in wrinkles and ridges rather than gills or pores, and is a distinctive purple color. Described by Jacob Christian Schäffer in 1774, G. clavatus has had several name changes and many alternative scientific names, having been classified as a chanterelle by several authorities, though it is not closely related to them.

Photos of this mushroom from the area of St. Petersburg, Russia

Pig's ears mushrooms (<B>Gomphus clavatus</B>) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, <A HREF="../date-en/2016-08-16.htm">August 16, 2016</A>
LinkPig's ears mushrooms (Gomphus clavatus) on wood chips in Sosnovka Park. Saint Petersburg, Russia, August 16, 2016
Location on mapsСанкт-Петербург, Выборгский район, парк Сосновка

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Russian web-forums Planeta Gribov, V Kontakte, and Griby Sredney Polosy for learning names of local mushrooms.

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