Observation 73970: Mutinus ravenelii (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) E. Fisch.
When: 2011-08-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Sorry for the terrible photos. I was in a hurry.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: M. ravenelii?? It’s in the Russian Red list. But it just doesn’t look like M. caninus to me…
61% (2)
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Recognized by sight: Red stalk and red tip

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I have never had the “pleasure” of seeing/smelling these in the wild…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-15 18:19:11 AST (+0300)

but it does appear that there is a lot of diversity in morphology/coloration. There are also some hints that M. ravenelii and caninus may be the same species, but who knows? Not my group (thank goodness).

Here is a fun link to Tom Volk’s Fungus of the Month on his website; check out the two very amusing letters from homeowners with a Mutinus invasion in their beauty bark. Sucks to be them! ;)

By: Dmitriy Bochkov (convallaria)
2011-08-15 18:04:41 AST (+0300)

What the camera captured correctly is the color :) It had a bright pink-red top and a bit paler colored “stipe”, brighter than the sp. from Thailand. I also saw a few young “eggs” which were pale pink.

was it really so pinky-red?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-08-15 17:57:01 AST (+0300)

I agree, it doesn’t really look like M. ravenelli, but it DOES look a good bit like this Mutinus sp. from Thailand, of all places:


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