Pluteus Cervinus: Deer Mushroom Identification & Medicinal Benefits


Agaricus atricapillus Batsch
Agaricus cervinus Schaeff.
Agaricus curtisii Berk. & Broome
Agaricus pluteus Batsch
Agaricus pluteus ß rigens Pers.
Hyporrhodius cervinus (Schaeff.) Henn.
Pluteus atricapillus (Batsch) Fayod
Pluteus cervinus P. Kumm.
Pluteus curtisii Berk.
Rhodosporus cervinus (Schaeff.) J. Schröt.

Common name

Deer mushroom
Fawn mushroom
Rehbrauner Dachpilz (German)


Cap: 5-12 cm broad, convex, nearly plane in age, umbonate; dark brown to grey-brown, lighter in age; smooth, sometimes streaked with radially oriented fibers, moist; flesh soft, white; odor of radish.
Gills: free, close, white, becoming pinkish to flesh-colored at maturity.
Stem: 5-10 cm tall, 0.5-1.5 cm thick, equal to enlarged at base; white to greyish-brown, sometimes with dark fibrils; veil absent.
Spores: 5.0-7.5 x 4-6 µm, smooth, elliptical.
Spore print: salmon-pink.
Habitat: Solitary to scattered on hardwood and conifer logs, occasionally from buried wood, in sawdust piles or wood chips; fruiting from after the first fall rains through mid-winter.

Edibility: Edible, but taste and texture are mediocre.

Medicinal properties

Anti-tumor effects

Polysaccharides extracted from the mycelial culture of P. cervinus and administered intraperitoneally into white mice at a dosage of 300 mg/kg inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 and Ehrlich solid cancers by 100% (Ohtsuka et al., 1973).

The Truth About Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms are great. One of the few supplements I feel confident taking that actually has benefits. Most of the supplement industry is selling you on placebo, but I don't feel that's the case with medicinal mushrooms. HOWEVER; a large portion of the Mushroom Industry is corrupt. ​Come read this article if you want to find out the Dirty Secret in the Mushroom Industry and how to choose an Authentic Mushroom Supplement.


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Ohtsuka S, Ueno S, Yoshikumi C, Hirose F, Ohmura Y, Wada T, Fujii T, Takahashi E.
Polysaccharides having an anticarcinogenic effect and a method of producing them from species of Basidiomycetes.
UK Patent 1331513, 26 September 1973.

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