Observation 88412: Xanthoconium purpureum Snell & E.A. Dick
When: 2012-02-29
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This bolete was growing scattered out of a very sandy woodland trail in a hardwood hammock near Tampa, Florida.

Cap: White and brown bruising after several hours to a pinkish-red on cap margin.

Stipe: Very fat and dense narrowing at the base. White inside and not discoloring when cut.

Pores: Whitish and sort of webby or reticulated from what little I could see.

Spore print: too foul smelling to keep near home.

Smell: Putrid spermatic is the best I can describe it… like Asian Pear trees growing out of a fetid trash heap.

Thanks for your help.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Based on the bottom mature images
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Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: finely velvety purplish cap, creamy to yellowish pores staining light brownish

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Tylopilus rubrobrunneus…
By: Richard and Danielle Kneal (bloodworm)
2012-03-02 18:38:37 PST (-0800)

Odor and Taste: Taste very bitter; odor not distinctive.
pore surface is off as well.

I had considered T. rubrobrunneus, but
By: Josh M.K. (suchen)
2012-03-02 18:33:37 PST (-0800)

the pore surface goes from white to yellow in mature specimens and the cap bruises pinkish to red. Also (and you weren’t privy to this information) the spore prints are coming out a sort of deli mustard-yellow. I will take photos of the spore prints when they have had more time to deposit. Thank you so much though for taking a shot! I really appreciate it.

I found more today
By: Josh M.K. (suchen)
2012-03-02 16:29:58 PST (-0800)

which show quite striking color and morphology differences. If they weren’t growing right on top of each other I would say they were different mushrooms. Are they different mushrooms? However they did all share the characteristic malodorous miasma. The two which had flattened out smelled less foul. I sampled the two flattened-out ones for spore printing since they weren’t as noxious as the others I’d found. Spore print pending.

You only say that
By: Josh M.K. (suchen)
2012-03-01 19:54:17 PST (-0800)

because you didn’t have to smell it while attempting a spore print, haha! But yes I really can’t even place this to genus with any confidence sadly.

This one is neat
By: Christine Braaten (wintersbefore)
2012-03-01 19:24:47 PST (-0800)

I wish I had a clue what it was…

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