Jack-o'-Lantern Mushroom


Scientific name: Omphalotus olearius

Synonyms: jack-o'-lantern mushroom

Natural habitat: Mainly on olive trees, sometimes also on oaks or sweet chestnut. Common in the mediterranean area, rare in northern Europe.

Appropiate Substrate: hardwood (oleaster, olive tree, oak, chestnut, beech). Hardwood-based substrate for fruiting in greenhouses.

Usage: Decoration only. Known for its bioluminescent properties which only affect the gills.


Kingdom:  Fungi

Division:  Agaricomycetes

Class:  Agaricomycetidae

Order:  Agaricales

Family:  Marasmiaceae

Genus:  Omphalotus