Observation 20736: Fistulinella mollis Watling

The cap was brown and dry & about 12cm across. The stipe was also dry and about 12cm in length. The fungi was growing in sandy loam in partial shade. Banksia were the native trees in the vicinity. There was also a smaller fungi close by that I have included. There was no aroma.


Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Cap color, hymenophore color, yellow staining in stipe.
Used references: Bougher & Syme (1998), Watling & Gregory (1989)
Based on microscopic features: F. prunicolor is reported to have narrower spores.

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Roy, You are dead right.When I cut the fungi it was soft and spongy!

Another bolete . . . & Revised Comment
By: Roy Halling (royh)
2009-04-30 14:54:55 BST (+0100)

Hi Ian, the images look like a specimen of Fistulinella prunicolor, as described by Watling & Gregory (1989), but a bit dried in situ. When fresh etc., it should have a consistency of a marshmallow. Further, it is associated with dead woody debris – not truly lignicolous – but perhaps not mycorrhizal either. The yellow staining and darker color of the cap help distinguish F. prunicolor from F. mollis as originally laid out by Watling & Gregory (1989) [spore width is different too, but not emphasized]. However, Bougher & Syme (1998) present F. mollis as having yellow stains as well but with broader spores than F. prunicolor.

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