Observation 177252: Hydnellum P. Karst.

When: 2014-08-20

Collection location: Haystack Trail, Cordova, Alaska, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available
Herbarium record:

FB given to Cathy Lennebacker for dyeing purposes.

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Recognized by sight: dark blue toothed fungus.
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Recognized by sight

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I don’t think
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-01-14 08:04:02 WIB (+0700)

there are other Hydnellum in that part of the world that produce such blackish-blue fruitbodies like this one. Not sure what other 3 Noah is referring to. If you mean H. cyanopodium, that one is often paler and brighter blue (esp more blue on the teeth unlike these dark navy-black ones with paler sheen), and at this age would likely show some trace of reddish droplets.

I’m not sure what heavy odor you are referring to – H. suaveolens is also bluish (but paler) and smells of anise, but my understanding (and limited experience) with) H. regium is that it is unremarkable, kinda farinaceous like so many in that genus.

Given that H. regium is so common on the haystack trail, I have little doubt that’s what this is. But I leave it to Noah, who knows much more about North American toothed fungi than me to weigh in on what else this might be.

balancing out the voting.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-01-14 07:27:12 WIB (+0700)

it certainly COULD BE regium, but we simply don’t have enough details in this photo, nor in my other photo from Haystack. There are three possible Hydnellum species, according to your buddy Noah.

I prefer a more conservative ID, since I know that I don’t know everything, and I like to have real evidence for my IDs. Don’t you?

Where exactly along the trail did you see your IDed examples, Noah? And how did you ID them? Regium is supposed to have a heavy odor; I remember no smell at all from these.

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