Observation 170380: Gautieria monticola Harkn.

When: 2014-07-15

Collection location: Woods Lake, Alpine Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)

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Found in a pure stand of Tsuga mertensiana. Smelled horrible, like sickly sweet, like rotting fruit and motor oil. Taste wasn’t much better than the smell.

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By: christopher hodge (christopher hodge)
2014-07-17 22:42:20 CDT (-0500)

Definitely a typical form of G. monticola. It indeed smelled like a mix of tar and really rotten fruit.

Probably G. monticola.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-07-17 22:32:26 CDT (-0500)

Source: NATS Field BGuide To Selected North American Truffles and Truffle-like Fungi. “Among the more common spring and early summer truffles of western North American truffles, this species emits a strong, obnoxious odor when fully mature, especially when warmed (such as in a car that has been sitting in the sun).” “Habitat: With Douglas-fir, hemlock, pine, true fir.” “…cinnamon colored gleba with its inconspicuous to distict white to transluscent columella.” The columella is readily apparent in your photos, christopher. In greater maturity the peridium is likely to thin or disappear, leaving the gleba fully exposed. The odor is rather distinctive, similar to fresh roofing tar; fresh asphalt, and vastly overripe fruit. Welles Bushnell, former trufflemaster of NATS, collected this in Yellowstone National Park, left it in the trunk, and was forced to leave the vehicle because of the overpowering odor emitted by the fungus.

By: Elsa (pinknailsgirl)
2014-07-16 20:17:35 CDT (-0500)
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-07-16 13:36:24 CDT (-0500)

has been known to drive people out of their cars. Even when the fungus is stored in the trunk.

Gautieria is certain here.

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