This single robust specimen was found on the Batona Trail in the Lake Tibbs area off Prince Street in Chatsworth (this is one of the FPP sites we frequent).
The mushroom is 12 cm tall. The cap is oval in shape and measures 10 × 8 cm. The stipe is also oval in cross-section, measuring 2.3 × 1.8 cm in diameter in its narrowest section in the middle. The bulb is non-rooting, measuring 3.5 cm in diameter in its widest section.
The cap is covered with patchy floccose/pulverulent volval material that is brownish in color in the center (the picture color is more pinkish than brown). The pileipellis is glabrous and shiny underneath. The stipe is devoid of the ring (it could have been lost prior to or after collection; I didn’t collect this specimen). The upper 1/4 of the stipe is covered with a tacky, pulverulent material. There are brownish stains (once again they look more reddish in the pics) on the bottom portion of the stipe and the bulb, but the mushroom doesn’t appear to discolor upon handling. The injured tissue on stipe doesn’t bruise, but turns grayish when dessicated. The flesh is white and has brownish tint to it on the lower portion of the stipe. The mushroom had a faint “tidal pool” odor early on. The exposed flesh is thick and has a strong, unpleasant odor reminiscent of burnt rubber (not acrid though).
The material is available for further study.
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This material has been received and accessioned into Rod’s herbarium.
Yes, I dried this specimen, too. It will become part of the next shipment.
I don’t think that there was a ring because floccose material is still present on much of the upper stem. The stem was probably initially entirely floccose. I hope it dried thoroughly and that you cut it up so that it would dry relatively quickly.
I would be very interested to see this material.
Created: 2013-08-03 08:33:15 CEST (+0200)
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