Observation 196598: Boletales E.-J. Gilbert
When: 2015-01-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I have previously found this fungi in this area, (Eucalyptus Forest , {Coastal}), but never fresh. Found on bank in soil. Two fungi in close proximity. Open to light. Always mature, which leads me to think it has a very short time as a fruiting body. The pileus Cap, and stipe, are usually intact. The pores possibly black, or turned turn black and always in a state of deterioration. Loading as an interest file. No specimen available.

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Recognized by sight: Looks like pore surface light brown in one photo, Ian. Vaguely reminds of Xerocomellus, with basal stipe striations. Not certain whether the black staining is caused by maturation process or not. Some Cortinariaceae also stain when mature, but I’ve not seen a stipe like this with Cortinaria before. Very interesting. Should you happen on it again, please be sure to get at least one photo of the hymenium (underside) of the cap. And thanks for taking lots of photos of these specimens, Ian. Your documentation of them will be important later.
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Poor statement
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-01-25 10:40:18 CST (-0500)

sounds pretty good to me, Ian. I would take your statements at face value. If you have not found this fresh, it might rapidly deteriote in situ. While difficult to envision, could even be something like Coprinus autodigestion of its gills, producing an inky mass suitable for writing with. (I have seen a great-great-uncle’s diary of crossing the plains to Oregon using just that medium of ink.)

We’re just trying to assist with an ID here (at least I am). An informed guess such as your own, is much better than my guess from 7,000 miles distant. Hard for me to focus on the specimen from here.


Daniel , again a poor statement by me. As the Black mass was that, I presumed they were pores as I think I remember in previous poor and over-mature specimens seeing pores. I wouldnt spend too much time on this file as I only loaded it as an interest file, due to the number of times I have been unsuccessful in obtaining a good specimen. Thanks so much for your assistance and patience. kk

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-01-21 14:20:02 CST (-0500)

Maybe a soft form of Albatrellus, Ian? In the last photos, I don’t see any indication of pores, which means it might be very shallow tubes. The rapid blue to black; blue indicated in the staining of the cap context. You used the phrase “The pores possibly black…” These did have pores? Were the pore shallow (less than 1mm) or greater?

Underside of cap.

This fungi is so frustrating. They always look good till I check out under the cap. There is always a black mass of degeneration except for some triangular sections of what looks like a partial veil. This is usually a cream colour. Interesting enough when disturbed the Black Mass does not usually show maggots?.

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