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Ileodiktion graceful - a saprophytic mushroom belonging to the class Agaricomycetes, the Veselkovy family, the genus Ileodiktion. Other names - white basketwort, graceful clathrus, white clathrus.
Where graceful ileodictions grow
White basketwort is common in the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia and New Zealand, it is one of the most common vesel mushrooms. As a result of migration, the population came to America, Africa (Burundi, Ghana), the Pacific Islands, and Europe (Portugal).
White clathrus grows in colonies and singly in forests on soil and litter or on arable land. Throughout the year, it is found in the tropics and subtropics of the Australian continent, Africa, Europe, Japan, Samoa, Tasmania.
What graceful ileodictions look like
Ileodiction graceful resembles a white cage or wire ball that can detach from its base and roll like a tumbleweed plant. The cell structure looks very elegant, which is what the name suggests.
At first, like all representatives of the veselkovs, it is a spherical white egg, about 3 cm in diameter, covered with a leathery shell, with strands of mycelium. The ball seems to "explode", forming four petals. From it a rounded fruit body of complex shape with a checkered structure appears, consisting mainly of pentagonal cells, the number of which reaches 30. The diameter of the ball is from 4 to 20 cm. The bridges of this cell are slightly thickened, smooth. Their diameter is about 5 mm. At the intersections, noticeable thickenings can be seen. The inner surface is covered with olive or olive-brown mucus with spores. For a while, the broken egg stays at the base of the fruiting body, and when the cellular structure matures, it can come off.
Mature white basketwort has an unpleasant odor (like sour milk), which is described as offensive.
The spores of the fungus have the shape of a narrow ellipse. They are thin-walled, smooth, transparent, colorless. In size they reach 4-6 x 2-2.4 microns. Basidia (fruiting structures) are 15-25 x 5-6 microns. Cystids (elements of hymenium that protect against damage to the basidium) are absent.
Is it possible to eat ileodictions
White clathrus is considered an edible mushroom, belongs to the category of conditionally edible specimens.
Important! Like most jellyfish, it is edible in the egg stage. At this time, the fetid odor inherent in mature specimens is absent.
Nothing is known about the taste of the mushroom.
The closest relative of the graceful clathrus, which is very similar in all its characteristics, is the edible ileodiction. The main differences are the larger cage and thicker bridges. Grows in colonies or singly in forests and in cultivated areas (meadows, fields, lawns). One of the few mushrooms that can break away from their base and move, roll.
Ileodiktion edible is especially common in New Zealand and Australia, was introduced to Africa and Great Britain. Its fruiting bodies are found all year round in the tropics and subtropics.
Despite the extremely unpleasant smell of a mature mushroom, it is edible when it is in the egg stage. It is believed that edible ileodiction has medicinal properties. There is no information about its taste.
Ileodiktion graceful is widespread in the Southern Hemisphere, almost unknown in Russia. Renowned for its unique wire ball-cage structure, it has an extremely unpleasant odor when mature.