Observation 147045: Termitomyces umkowaani (Cooke & Massee) D.A. Reid
When: 2013-10-02
No herbarium specimen

Notes: The Termitomyces, according to all the literature that I have been able to obtain on them, does not occur this far South. Their natural distribution seems to be E/Cape, and up. This specimen was found on the edge of a pine plantation, in sandy soil (traces of termite activity were present). This is the second specimen I have found on this site in the past two months, both times it has been during extremely dry conditions. Although this is the second specimen now collected, I have not encoutnered this mushroom in our area before.

It has all the ‘correct’ characteristics of an I’Kowe. It has a lovely mushroomy odour, the stipe has the bulbous base which narrowed under ground where it turns from creamy white to a blackish colour lower down the tap root like end.
The Lamellae look to be free, crowded, with full and intermediate lengths.

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Used references:
By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2013-12-03 11:54:58 MST (-0700)

G.C.A VAN DER WESTHUIZEN & ALBERT EICKER FIELD GUIDE MUSHROOMS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA PAGE 80
It is out of print…:(
I have “authored” a description using the field guide as reference.

What
By: Parker V
2013-11-29 12:19:10 MST (-0700)

literature are you using? I can’t find much information on Termitomyces umkowaani

Yes,
By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2013-10-02 03:18:42 MST (-0700)

keeping 200 hives.

I have never eaten it myself because the maggots have beaten me to it every time!
I have eaten Termitomyces clypeatus and Termitomyces reticulatus previously.

How about some more pictures of your observations? I would like to see some mushrooms from your area as I have never been there myself!

edibility
By: Nikki Smit (nix@elandstimber.co.za)
2013-10-02 03:06:37 MST (-0700)

Hey Glen, for me it is really interesting as they are not supposed to occur in our area. I’m still a bit sceptical though about eating it! I found that it is one mushroom which has suprisingly little info available!
I do alot of mushroom hunting and we have alot of the usual suspects here, boletes, pine rings, rusula’s etc, but never before I’Kowe!

I see you are also a bee keeper!

I have also
By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2013-10-02 02:42:23 MST (-0700)

found these mushrooms near pine plantations, especially on the high veld regions of South Africa.

It is nice to see a fellow south african here!

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