Observation 159615: Mycetinis copelandii (Peck) A.W. Wilson and Desjardin

When: 2014-02-12

Collection location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

No specimen available

They smelled like burning plastic, black pepper, and tar!
I leaned down on the ground to take a picture and almost threw up, I had no clue what could possibly be making that stink. Then I smelled the mushrooms and got really nauseated. Ugh!!!!

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-02-13 19:59:17 CET (+0100)

for taking one for the team, Shane! Yeah, these smell some kinda awful…

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-02-13 19:55:56 CET (+0100)

As far as I can remember, I always see this with at least some tanoak.

smell/habitat update
By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2014-02-13 10:29:15 CET (+0100)

Having asked various people to describe the smell of these, one person said “Burnt Garlic!”
That pretty much sums it up, though I get hints of the other smells I described as well.
It’s a very intense and potent odor that can be smelled from many feet away.

Growing under either Lithocarpus densiflorus, Sequoia sempervirens, or Arbutus menziesii. All 3 were present.

Created: 2014-02-13 03:05:50 CET (+0100)
Last modified: 2014-02-13 11:11:19 CET (+0100)
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