Observation 32059: Meripilus sumstinei (Murrill) M.J. Larsen & Lombard

When: 2009-07-15

Collection location: New River Gorge National River, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA [Click for map]

Who: Eddee (eddeeee)

No specimen available

Found growing from a base of a dead Red Oak. Fruiting body slightly forming a half rosette. Tan brown with slight zonation. nearly smooth, dry, non staining or bruising. pore surface almost light yellow or cream. flesh a little fibrous. Broke this off so not sure if there was a sclerotium. Thought this to be Meripilus sumstinei but there is no black staining.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:46 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘New River Gorge near rail road rappids Fayette.Co West Virgnina’ to ‘Railroad Rapids, New River Gorge National River, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA

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43% (3)
Recognized by sight: found at the base of dead Oak
Used references: Bessette Mushrooms of Southeastern United States. page 250
57% (5)
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Recognized by sight: look to be staining black around the insect holes on the pores, it also can be a slow staining mushroom, sometimes taking hours…

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Usussaly when i find M sumstinei
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-01-16 17:03:32 PST (-0800)

It is very large, and bruises black within 30 min. the specimen in this observation I crushed part of it and it was still just a darker brown more than black 45 min later.

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