Observation 174698: Gymnopilus P. Karst.

When: 2014-08-16

Collection location: Wolcott, Vermont, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Specimens were post-mature and water-logged.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Smooth viscid caps, brown spores that are not all that orange

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By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-08-21 06:10:32 PDT (-0700)

if you want to email me @ bloodwormfungi@gmail.com…

i can send you some information.

The differences between…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-21 05:44:40 PDT (-0700)

junonius and luteus are not consistently portrayed within the literature. For instance, gill attachment for luteus is listed as “adnexed to sinuate” by Roody and “broadly attached to the stem” by Kuo.

The source from which I first learned about luteus was Phillips, in which a pale yellow mushroom is described. For years I have apparently been lumping luteus and junonius.

If there is a trait that seems useful for separating these two types, it may be the fibrillose/scaly cap surface attributed to junonius. I have occasionally seen this in the past, but considered it to be an unimportant detail. Lincoff’s description of junonius (spectabilis… the description which has stuck with me for many years) describes the cap surface (of spectabilis) as “smooth, slightly silky-fibrous, or with minute scales.”

The mushrooms in this obs feature cap surfces that appear to lack texture.

There’s another trait I had forgotten to mention.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-20 20:55:26 PDT (-0700)

The odor of these mushrooms was the distinctive spicy-licorice I recognize as Gymnolpilus, in particular the large orange ones I had called spectabilis. These are fairly common.

Alan, I don’t see where spore color is observable. Am I missing something?

I believe these mushrooms originally had an annulus.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-20 19:03:48 PDT (-0700)

My originally posted single photo of group A does not show this.

But there was another fruiting on a nearby log. All mushrooms in either group were post-mature and quite waterlogged from a recent rainfall.

The newly posted three photos showing group B feature one inverted specimen that shows remnants of a superior annulus.

Color in photo A and 2/3 B exaggerates yellow. The single cap seen in group B is too red. The true color lies somewhere between. Apparent flaw in my camera.

By: Richard Kneal (bloodworm)
2014-08-20 08:35:57 PDT (-0700)

these look different from what i would call “spectabilis.”

if you run across these again, you should definitely grab some if they are in good condition.

it would be interesting to see the micro.

did you see any specimens with an annulus?

That was quick, Richard.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-08-20 07:41:24 PDT (-0700)

I guess I need a review… Does this qualify as the species formerly known as spectabilis? Or are these large wood-inhabiting Gymns just too difficult to sort out without microscopy?

Actual color more orange than as seen in the photo.

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