Observation 32211: Phylloporus arenicola A.H. Sm. & Trappe

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Eddee, I would imagine that
By: Dave in NE PA
2010-01-19 22:58:01 CST (-0500)

some potential reasons why certain fungi are found only on the West side of the Rockies (or vice verse) is that… 1. a particular fungus may associate only with plants found only in the given area, or 2. if a given fungus associates with different types of plants, then the resulting mushrooms may take on different characteristics, and thus be classified as different species altogether.

I have seen significant fruitings of Phylloporus here in PA. I have eaten a few once or twice, but was not sufficiently impressed to ever collect for the table.

Your right Deb
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-01-19 21:23:32 CST (-0500)

I find Phylloporus all the time here in WV. It is common to find several pounds of them on a mushroom hunt in July. I have notice though that some blue others do not, Makes me wonder with all the world travel these days and easy transportation you would think some spores of some of these western fungi would hitch a ride and end up on the east and Vise versa.

so, what characters make this an arenicola?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-01-19 18:53:30 CST (-0500)
They both blue…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2010-01-19 16:22:20 CST (-0500)

Darvin has already shown that they both blue. Just not that much, and the blue often fades away quickly. But they both blue when bruised most of the time.

arenicola is a west coast species…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-01-19 15:00:41 CST (-0500)

and phylloporus species in general are not as common here as back east.
here they are a curiousity; back east I hear that folks actually collect enough to eat them!

yup…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2010-01-19 10:54:14 CST (-0500)

notched vs decurrent gills which don’t blue. the cap for arenicola should have a greenish cast, too.

only the west coast ?
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-01-19 00:22:33 CST (-0500)

Is P arenicola only on the west coast? Has it ever been found in the east?

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2010-01-18 23:41:36 CST (-0500)

So, I thought that the main difference between P. arenicola and P. rhodoxanthus was the pileus colour- grey/brown in the former, red in the latter… Do you know of any other macroscopic distinctions??

What makes this P. arenicola and not P. rhodoxanthus?
I admit, the pileus colour here looks red/brown/grey…

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