Observation 15179: Boletus semigastroideus M. Nuhn, Manfr. Binder, A.F.S. Taylor, Halling & Hibbett
When: 2008-12-10
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found in Native New Zealand bush in leaf litter under Leptospermum scoparium and Podocarpis totara, quite strange with what seems to be an almost membranous partial veil covering the pores, spore deposit is white to off white, flesh is white and very dense.
I have been tempted to taste these as the aroma is quite agreeable!

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By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2008-12-11 16:44:48 PST (-0800)

Thats it, I did suspect these were some type of sequestrate bolete but could not find anything similar, a New Zealand site mentions that recent DNA studies have shown these are closely related to Russula.

By: else
2008-12-11 14:28:30 PST (-0800)

This looks very much like Notholepiota areolata, a secotioid species described from New Zealand.
Despite the name, it is not closely related to Lepiota, but is a bolete relative in the Boletaceae.

Very Interesting…
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-12-11 12:38:55 PST (-0800)

I would be inclined to think it is some kind of gastroid agaric. Either a deformed regular species (Like the Chroogomphus loculentus/Chroogomphus tomentosus situation) or a true gastroid species (in the traditional Podaxales).

Looks like
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-12-11 11:22:54 PST (-0800)

a truffle relative to me. New Zealand has several, none of which I’ve seen. Hold off eating it until it can be positively identified. As Dr. Trappe once said to a prominent truffle-hunter in the North American Truffling Society: “It would be better to have a voucher collection of that new species before you feed it to everyone at the potluck.”

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2008-12-11 04:29:43 PST (-0800)

Does anyone have any idea of what genus this species may belong in, I am very keen to make a positive identification!

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