Observation 171273: Climacodon pulcherrimus (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Nikol.
When: 2014-07-26
No herbarium specimen

Notes: found on log that may have been oak.
tastes quite acidic.
after handling, hands very sticky (like w/milkweed’s latex).
tough as a shiitake stem.
latex whitened a bowl of water.

Images

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New Photos for that Toothed Mushroom ID:My fav. is the one w/the light on the right. View at full size (download 1st) and see great close detail on the teeth in the darker section.
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It made water look milky!
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Tiny densely packed teeth on bottom of pristine condition specimen.
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Furry on top!
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New Photos for that Toothed Mushroom ID:My fav. is the one w/the light on the right. View at full size (download 1st) and see great close detail on the teeth in the darker section.

Proposed Names

-50% (3)
Recognized by sight: shelving polypore with white latex.
Based on microscopic features: need micro details to confirm.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus

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Lawrence Millman
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-08-08 12:52:51 PDT (-0700)

He has macro and microscopically reviewed this mushroom, and concluded it is indeed C. pulcherrimus.

Sam Schaperow, M.S.
PsychologyCT.com

almost micro
By: Sam.Schaperow (SamSchaperow)
2014-07-29 11:38:46 PDT (-0700)

At least as well as my camera can capture small details, the new photo w/the sunlight on the top-right, if seen at full size does show the teeth very clearly (even better than the photo w/o all the sunlight).

hie thee to a scope, Brother!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-07-28 08:37:23 PDT (-0700)

IF it is C. pulcherrimus, it would show many clamps. See Christine’s detailed obsie of this sp. on MO.

Bondarzewia has WHITE LATEX. See this page for more details, as well as a photo of berkeleyi growing out of a stump!

http://www.messiah.edu/...

But really, you need a SCOPE to determine what this really is. Too many details that are not fitting neatly. Or get some KOH. Draino works, I understand.

W/out micro or more in depth analysis added, I’m out.

sticky
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 19:14:13 PDT (-0700)

http://www.mycobank.org/... does bring up the sticky aspect.

Climacodon pulcherrimus
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 19:00:36 PDT (-0700)

I just got a recommendation that it is: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/climacodon_pulcherrimus.html This fits the bill the closest yet, for C. pulcherrimus and this both have furry tops, in addition to the densely packed teeth.

The link says: “KOH pink to red on flesh and cap surface.”.
That is interesting, for that mushroom will have the KOH reaction. Is it that KOH will get the great colors from dealing with acids? If so, it isn’t surprising KOH causes a color change in this clearly acidic mushroom. I’d so put KOH on it if I had some.

What the link doesn’t say is about the latex.

not Berkely because:
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 18:48:28 PDT (-0700)

This is a bracket fungi growing on a dead log, which isn’t Berk (it is neither a 1/2 circle bracket, usually, nor grows up on logs). In fact, I initially thought I found oysters, until I felt it, paid attn. to its look more carefully, etc.
Berk. p. lacks the acid taste this one has, and even has a radish-like spice when tasted raw, which this also lacks.
Berk isn’t sticky of its latex, like a glue (though I wasn’t looking for it being sticky, so you may know otherwise?).
Berk doesn’t end up w/minute teeth like this, especially in prime condition like this one.
Berk smells (smells more like some Russulas I’ve found, actually, and kind of like yeasty bread when it sits around a bit), tastes, and feels different.
If memory serves, which it sometimes does, Berk has a mostly/fully colorless latex, but this is milky white (see picture).
Berk has more distinct color banding (closer to how turkey tail does).
Berk doesn’t have a furry top surface, as does this (one picture shows top, and other shows bottom).

Better than even Boletus bicolor!
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 18:15:54 PDT (-0700)

I made a mushroom, fresh thyme, whole wheat toasted flat bred, & egg with runny yolk dish with this and B. bicolor. This one stood out as more tasty than B. bicolor. Though there does not exist any known bracket fungi with teeth that is toxic that I’ve come across (does anyone know differently?), the uncertainty of this mushroom’s exact species, however, led me to not eat a lot of it. But, I can say that the thin strips of it really stood out w/their deliciously sour taste, exceeding my enjoyment of this over even B. bicolor.

better than Boletus bicolor
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 18:15:38 PDT (-0700)

I made a mushroom & egg dish with this and B. bicolor. This one stood out as more tasty than B. bicolor. Though there does not exist any known bracket fungi with teeth that is toxic that I’ve come across, the uncertainty of this mushroom, however, led me to not a lot of it. But, I can say that the thin stips of it really stood out w/their deliciously sour taste, exceeding my enjoyment of this over even B. bicolor.

teeth and not old, nor berk. p.
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 12:26:21 PDT (-0700)

I have seen polypores get what looks like teeth when old, however this was in good shape and fresh. I can say with confidence that this is toothed.

teeth
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 11:49:03 PDT (-0700)

This does have teeth (see last photo at full size).

so …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-07-27 11:48:52 PDT (-0700)

you can believe your books or the evidence of your eyes. Find a slide (and add a drop of Meltzers to your mount), check the spores: I’m guessing that they will be amyloid and ornamented, like all other members of the Russulalaes.

Copious white latex sure sez Bondarzewia to me. Prove me wrong (or right) with more details. Remember the mushrooms don’t read our books, and may be (OK, undoubtedly are) a lot more versatile than we give them credit for!

In other words, do the work, hold the conjecture. ;)

reply to dv:
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-27 11:15:16 PDT (-0700)

It grew on a dead log, unlike berkeley’s. Shape is as shown (just basic bracket). I have access to a scope w/o slides or anything, though.

just read this obsie …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2014-07-27 09:31:31 PDT (-0700)

latex? This is no Climacodon, which has TEETH not PORES under the cap. White latex, a poroid hymenium and amyloid, ornamented spores are characteristic of Bondarzewia berkeleyii, a polypore related to Lactarius. Got scope?

ID?
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-26 20:56:46 PDT (-0700)

Does anyone know the ID of this mushroom by any chance?

sticky
By: Sam.Schaperow (Sam.Schaperow)
2014-07-26 20:38:17 PDT (-0700)

which polypores have a sticky latex?

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