Notes: I have read & reread the reference on this fungi. I think it could be as named by Bruce Fuhrer. P187 image 284 It seems to match up very closely to his description and images. Even the colour is close. I have provided fairly high resolution images for checking. The only problems I have is I did not taste it or get a spore print. (one day I wish., tasting maybe.)
The specimen was in the undergrowth in full shade living in sandy loam. The trees close by were all natives, Banksia & eucalypt. the fungi was about 70mm in height with a cap about 50mm. There was some droplets of liquid at the top of the stipe and the stipe was slightly sticky. The ground was very wet after heavy rainfall.
Here is another link apart from Bruce Fuhrer’s reference that I think is as close as one can get…http://www.kaimaibush.co.nz/Fungi/Austroboletus.html
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Sorry Deb, How remiss of me. You are correct in your assumption. The Cap was Dry and Not Smoothe to touch.
Thanks Roy, I was going to email you because I thought you would be interested in this specimen, but as usual you were right onto it. Chow kk.
but how confusing that the non-slimy one is eburneus when our most slimy CA Hygrophorus is also called eburneus (altho I know it’s called that because of the ivory color. Still, the mind boggles…)
Watling & Gregory described Austroboletus eburneus from southern Queensland which is noted as having a suede-like pileus surface but lacks the mucilaginous pileus surface of A. niveus as described by Stevenson. Spores are supposed to be very similar under the microscope but longer and wider in A. niveus.
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