Observation 74715: Sarcodon scabrosus (Fr.) P. Karst.

When: 2011-08-26

Collection location: Wharton State Forest, Burlington Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]

Who: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)

No specimen available

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!


The context immediately following dissection
Staining of the context with aqueous ammonia (left half) and 3% KOH (right half)

Proposed Names

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“Could be” is good enough
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-08-28 16:10:44 CDT (-0400)

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.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2011-08-28 13:09:38 CDT (-0400)

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”.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-08-27 07:34:04 CDT (-0400)

it looks like a typical scabrosus and should be bitter.

Not yet…
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2011-08-27 07:16:39 CDT (-0400)

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.

Did you taste it?
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2011-08-27 04:26:15 CDT (-0400)

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