Collection location: Wharton State Forest, Burlington Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]
A small family of 4 specimens scattered under a large white pine with young scurb oaks a pitch pines nearby. The largest one wound up in my basket. I think it’s the grooviest mushroom I’ve seen in a while!
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From what I have seen, there are more than one species in North America that have been called scabrosus. But this one is more similar to the european species than others.
Thank you for commenting. I’ve added two more pics to the observation. The taste is very bitter indeed. You are probably right about naming it S. scabosus in a broad sense, though, according to Kuo’s MushroomExpert.com, the name strictly applies to a European species mycorrhizal with Pinus species, whereas in North America it is suspected to be a species complex. I’m changing the name to S. scabrosus, while keeping the confidence level at “could be”.
it looks like a typical scabrosus and should be bitter.
I’m bringing it today to a foray with a local mushroom club. I will report the taste, the context color and the outcome of macrochemical tests later.
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