Collection location: Pembroke, Maine, USA [Click for map]
In mixed woods that include balsam fir and birch. This specimen is growing about 2 feet up on a dead well rotted conifer stump. I know Lactarius are mycorrhizal so if the ID is right then the wood is just a substrate for the mycelia to pass through? Flesh is white and firm. Odor is pungent. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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While I have not seen any growing from wood, growing from a “dead well rotted conifer stump” makes sense to me. It is using the stump as a water reservoir. Several mycorrhizal fungi also produce laccase, and enzyme which allows them to break down wood, and recycle to nutrients to living trees.
Created: 2014-09-11 13:41:20 CDT (-0500)
Last modified: 2014-09-16 20:52:07 CDT (-0500)
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