Collection location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA [Click for map]
Although it shares macro features such as dark stem, translucent pinkish cap, and appendiculate margin with it’s eastern cousin, the Rainier variety of M. haematopus, at least in this case, seems to differ enough to beg for a name of it’s own. This appeared to be growing on an old moss-covered stump very near a pond, but it could have been growing on the ground. It is bigger in height and in cap diameter from anything I have seen here. I also don’t remember seeing the non-radially symmetrical staining that is evident on most of these caps. The eastern M. haematopus also favors distinct logs, not totally decomposed wood at ground height. Some of you might even agree with this over simplification: The eastern version occurs predominately in clusters, although single and gregarious versions or looser groupings are also known. Although these fruit bodies are ‘bunched’, the arrangement is more variable and looser.
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