Notes: Appeared to be growing in soil, but there was a buried branch just by it. Leathery, but not tough. White cap surface, pores, and flesh. No particular odor, taste mild.
I was not able to find any spores, or anything else that looked interesting under the scope.
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Irene, thanks again. When I calibrated the scope, the factor for 1000x was .99. But my measurements may be inaccurate; I checked only a few spores, rather quickly. I may try to do it again, if I can manage the now dried specimens.
…if the scale at 1000x is accurate, I still think that the spores look a bit too large for floriformis (3.5-4.5 × 2-2.5 microns).
balsameus:(4-5 × 2.5-3 microns).
But I can’t rule out other possibilities in Oregon either.
Irene, thanks for the comment. I didn’t taste these when I collected them, but did last night, though they are completely dry and crunchy now. The taste was bitter, but not immediately, and not strongly.
Oligoporus floriformis has a bitter taste. Oligoporus balsameus is a lookalike with mild taste, fibrous cap surface and broader spores than floriformis. It looks like these are around 5×3 microns. But Oligoporus is a difficult genus..
Got the spore print. 5 × 2 µ.
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