Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) Identification

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) Identification


Common Names:

Sulphur Tuft

Botanical Name:

Hypholoma fasciculare

Meaning of Botanical Name:

Hypholoma meaning mushroom with threads, fasciculare meaning small group.

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Fungi, 

Division: Basidiomycota,

Class: Agaricomycetes

Order: Agaricales,

Family: Strophariaceae

Genus: Hypholoma

Known Hazards:

gastric upset, temporary paralysis and distorted vision.

Could be confused with:

This mushroom could quite easily be confused with Brick tuft (Hypholoma lateritium – edibility up for debate) and Conifer tuft (Hypholoma capnoides – edible) however for most it’s not really worth the hassle of identifying the edible ones away from the none edible in these cases as they’re not prolific. However, Conifer tufts are quite tasty.

Brick Tuft, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Food of:

This mushroom rarely has maggots.

Range and Distribution:

Common throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, North America


Occurs on logs and stumps of most trees, occasionally on the ground on a buried log. 

Physical Characteristics of the Sulphur Tuft Mushroom


They grow in clusters on stumps, The caps are orange in the centre becoming a lighter sulphur-yellow towards the edge. When young there are fine threads joining the cap to the stem.


The gills are sulphur-yellow becoming a greeny black with age, adnexed / adnate and crowded.


The stem starts sulphur-yellow becoming browner toward the base.


They have purplish-brown spores.

Edible Use:

Due to the toxicity we don’t recommend eating this mushroom, it also has a very bitter taste.

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