Observation 221773: Phaeolus schweinitzii (Fr.) Pat.
When: 2015-10-21
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Phaeolus schweinitzii, or the cow pie fungus, is a root parasite of conifers and causes a dark brown cubical rot. The young fruiting bodies are mustard yellow and vibrant, turning a chocolatey maroon with maturity, and then eventually into a pile of burned cookies. Look for spruces with bottle butt and resinosis!

The first three pictures are from a Douglas-fir, Tanoak, and Madrone forest in Humboldt County and the last one is from Redwood City, California.


A young fruiting body. You can see why it is used as a dye!
An older fruiting body
A look at the pore layer
And a really old fruiting body (emerging from the roots of a fallen conifer)

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