Observation 59476: Gymnopilus ventricosus (Earle) Hesler
When: 2010-11-22
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Growing along the side of the freeway.
This was a most painful set of pictures to take.
I not only had to bushwhack through 1/4 mile of shrubby oak trees, but I stepped into a ground hornets nest and took 8 stings on the legs and ankles.

I had one of those SOB chasing my around the car on the way home, and another apparently in my coat chase me around the house.

These are the most painful insect stings I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter. At least I’m now sure I’m not allergic to those little buggars.

The mushroom in my hand was one of the smallest ones in the cluster, the biggest were between 14 and 18 inches across.

The hornet is the unfortunate one that chased me around the house, I won that encounter.

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Recognized by sight: Large size, swollen stem base

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He sacrificed everything for his mushrooms…,
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2011-06-06 12:06:52 PDT (-0700)

Sorry about the war wounds, but those are some huge ’shrooms!

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