Observation 51235: Clavariadelphus Donk
When: 2010-08-17
No herbarium specimen

Notes: A few of us tried some sauteed slices. There was a slight bitterness, but not in a disagreeable way. Taste and texture reminiscent of liver.

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Looking through my field guides…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-18 17:10:01 PDT (-0700)

Bessette lists the color range for C. pistillaris as “yellowish to orange yellow” becoming darker. But the photo in his Mushrooms of Northeastern NA shows a large club colored much like the one seen here in this obs. Miller documents C. pistillaris var americana (synonym for C. americanus) in North American Mushrooms. He includes a color range that better fits this obs, “flesh colored, pink…” and he describes the “fine down just over the base” which is a trait seen in this obs.

I haven’t found any possibilities for these large longitudinally wrinkled clubs other than C. pistillaris or C. americanus. Document posted within discussion found in link directly below appears to confirm that eastern NA possibilities for robust strongly clavate narrow down to these two.
Color and lack of bitter taste seem to fit better with americanus. The area where I found these was a hardwood/hemlock forest with lots of beech, which better fits pistillaris.

My pistillaris
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2014-03-18 13:07:41 PDT (-0700)

are bright yellow while young, later darker ochraceous. In North America you have some other species to choose from…
Have you checked reaction on the surface with KOH?

Irene, why not pistillaris?
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-17 10:28:44 PDT (-0700)

The woods where these were found featured quite a bit of beech.

The woods where these were found…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-03-17 05:39:36 PDT (-0700)

did not feature much oak.

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