Observation 67692: Cortinarius naphthalinus Soop

When: 2011-05-15

Collection location: Kaimanawa Forest Park, Taupo, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Michael W (Michael Wallace)

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By: Karl Soop (karlsoop)
2011-05-23 19:28:08 +03 (+0300)

Noah, Klondyke Corner is precisely one of the few location where I found it! The type locality is Kowai Bush (Springfield) where I found a second, fantastic crop this year in April.

gorgeous find!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-05-23 18:47:37 +03 (+0300)

Seems pretty obvious that a mushroom named napthalinus would be the one to smell like mothballs…

South Island
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-05-23 18:32:06 +03 (+0300)

the ones pictured came from Klondyke Corner in Arthurs Pass NP. I also saw it in Cragieburn (PDD99667)and I think another collection from Arthurs Pass NP came in at the foray last year.

For people who are interested in seeing them, I have an album of about 70 NZ corts on Facebook here;
and it’s also on the Fungal Network of New Zealand Facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/...

Nice photo
By: Karl Soop (karlsoop)
2011-05-23 15:02:07 +03 (+0300)

Noah, you have a beautifu collection and photo of C. naphthalinus! Where did you find it? I only know of 3 locations in NZ, 2 of them on the Sth Island, plus the one Mike reports in this thread in the Taupo area.

The C. dysodes in your picture looks unusually robust, but never mind, especially if the smell is camphoratus-like.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-05-22 20:13:36 +03 (+0300)

No, I found C. naphthalinus much worse, here is my collection;

Maybe it was because I didn’t have C. dysodes in my car…

By: Karl Soop (karlsoop)
2011-05-22 20:01:00 +03 (+0300)

Are you sure you didn’t swap the C. naphthalinus and C. dysodes, based on the smells you report? In fact, I had C. dysodes in the trunk of my car for an hour or so, and couldn’t use the trunk for a week after that!

on the flipside
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-21 11:22:09 +03 (+0300)

the best smelling specimen I’ve ever had the good fortune of huffing was, undoubtedly, Thaxterogaster pingue. like a combination of ripe pears and grape bubble gum. that, or a fresh Staheliomyces cinctus, which smelled like lilacs in the field and like rotting farts several hours later.

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-05-20 23:29:28 +03 (+0300)

I found the smell of C. indolicus just like mothballs, and really strong! I can’t really describe the smell of C. naphthalinus, it was a mix of rotting meat and cooking gas and other chemicals.
Kira found some C. dysodes at the NZ Fungus Foray last year and thought it smelled nice, everybody else thought it was BAD, similar to C. camphoratus just stronger. Almost like boiled rotten cabbage, not that I have ever boiled rotted cabbage.

Yes Damon I recall something like that happening, (to a lot of people) It’s one of the hazards of mushrooming with me…

Oh, so your
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2011-05-20 23:09:56 +03 (+0300)

not the only one who tells people to smell mushrooms to see a reaction. Let me tell of an funny anecdote I was involved in.
I not long ago asked a knowledgeable identifier (debatable) what a particular mushroom was a during wet late morning jaunt. He asked ‘Did you smell it?’ I proceeded to do as instructed. I took a good whiff and let him know that I didnt note anything special. ‘What should it smell like?’ I asked. He said ‘Nothing’ but you probably just inhaled about 100 springtails his face grinning wide.
Ring any bells Noah?

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-05-20 22:51:05 +03 (+0300)

Hi Noah, thanks.

I can imagine the smell would get quite bad with specimens drying in the back of your car, the smell is almost identical to C. indolicus but I think this species may be a bit stronger smelling, these two species are not the greatest smelling fungi in the world but there is one species that may qualify for the worst smelling fungus, C. dysodes, Karl describes it as being like cooking gas or acetylene or like rotting vegetables, I find it a bit worse than those things but find it hard to describe, I had fun seeing peoples faces when I asked them to smell it:)

I had a collection
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-05-20 17:41:21 +03 (+0300)

of C. naphthalinus in the backseat of my car last year and the smell was so overpowering and BAD that I had to put it in a tackle box in the trunk and still had the windows down.
Neat finds and great pictures!

Funny -
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2011-05-20 12:03:05 +03 (+0300)

A funny veil for a Cortinarius, these remind me more of a Hebeloma, like H. radicosum.

I would love to visit Bolivia,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-05-20 10:21:13 +03 (+0300)

…and I would really love to study the fungi of the southern Beech forests of Patagonia.
If you do make it to NZ be sure to contact me and we can study fungi together!

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-05-20 10:20:32 +03 (+0300)

it is :-)
I hope you had a good season down there the last month. At least it looks good from Kaimanawa. And the photos do, as usual!

first Bolivia,
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-20 10:16:26 +03 (+0300)

then I’m as good as there. if, by some series of unforseen misfortunes, I don’t make it there in life, New Zealand is probably where all mycologists go when they die anyway.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-05-20 10:13:41 +03 (+0300)

I’ll try, I need to do the same for myself!

It is a great place to study mycology, a large number of fungi here are undescribed, probably more than half of them!

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-05-20 10:10:39 +03 (+0300)

a favor. find me a young, single new zealander lass who I can marry so that I may obtain citizenship and permanently relocate to your mycologically superior nation.

Hi Irene,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-05-20 10:09:44 +03 (+0300)

Thanks, Karl has gone back to Sweden now but I will be in contact with him, I will say hello for you.

Oh, I see, although you have it wrong also:)

It should be C. naphthalinus.


By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-05-20 10:05:40 +03 (+0300)

Say hello to Karl from me if he’s still around :-)

I think it should be spelled Cortinarius naphtalinus, though..

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-05-20 10:02:28 +03 (+0300)

I was extremely happy to find this interesting species that has a distinct napthalene like odor, it is extremely rare and as Karl puts it, was worth a full mycogasm, thanks Karl for your company and excellent talk on the NZ Cortinariaceae, you have inspired me.

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