Observation 20780: Strobilomyces Berk.

I found this specimen hidden well up inside a burnt out log. My first impression was to photograph it in its natural habitat. This was not a total success as I was unable to get depth of field (due to the low, low light and the restricted angle of access.)
I was forced to use full flash, and the image is not sharp all over .{which is obvious)
I managed to reach the fungi and remove it with as much of the root system and surrounding ash and timber to take some more images. When I first saw this fungi it almost looked “Blue\Black”, especially about the cap, and the image does portray this to a point. I think some of the colour was reflected from the burnt wood in the log. (This can also be seen attached to the root system.
The fungi had a disc like base above the surface joining the bottom of the stipe.
The cap was about 7cm across and the stipe was about the same. When I bisected the stipe the cap was spongy but soft, and cut easily. The redish colour inside the stipe was exposed immediately. (that is, it did not begin to appear some time after I cut the stipe.) The stipe also had a furry\hairy appearance and there was some brown staining under the mantle covering some pores.


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
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia
Irene , forgot to add these last two images. That’s what happens when I am tired. Thanks for the ID Looks spot on to me from references I looked at. Chow, kk
Copyright © 2009 Ian Dodd Kundabung NSW Australia

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Recognized by sight: Looks like a perfect Strobilomyces strobilaceus, but I don’t know if that’s the one you have in Australia.

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Patrick, The cap was soft to touch and spongy to cut. ( see notes.)

Strobilomyces cap
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-05-02 11:29:27 EDT (-0400)

What did the cap feel like? Was it fairly soft, or rougher feeling? A softer feel might indicate S. floccopus, rougher perhaps S. confusus (at least in North America!) Those two are more easily separated by spore ornamentation, especially if you only have one specimen.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-05-01 20:07:12 EDT (-0400)

beautiful mushroom, nice documentation!


Read comments. Ta. Thought you would be asleep . Just after 0600 here.

Strobilo’s in Australia . . .
By: Roy Halling (royh)
2009-05-01 16:58:38 EDT (-0400)

Nice pics Ian! Way to go on the photo-documentation.
These guys are easy to get to genus . . . species ID’s on the other hand will require more finesse. Read that as: attention to staining, localization of staining, particularities of veil attachment/detachment, manifestation of pileus ornament, and spore ornamentation. This latter is all over the map: reticulate, cristate (variable), spinose )these are the ones I know about).

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