Observation 90929: Melanogaster Corda
When: 2012-03-25
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Temporarily saved, for the dinner table. Time to try this one.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
84% (1)
Recognized by sight: At the least Melanogaster. I’m a little concerned about the “garlic aroma” you note. I’ve never smelled a Melanogaster with garlic aroma. There are several Melanogaster species in Arora which have not received a lot of press. This may be one of them. I’m thinking M. variegatus, perhaps.

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Reviewed the photos again.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-03-25 18:32:39 CST (-0500)

All of my Melanogaster tuberiformis have had one or more ropey rhizomorphs firmly attached, and often several. I see none in your photos. It’s definately Melanogaster. I just don’t have enough information to identify the species.

Hope you wait for another day before eating, Darvin.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-03-25 18:30:07 CST (-0500)

I’m reminded of when Zelda Carter brought in a beautiful collection of Leucangium to the NATS potluck. They didn’t look right to me. I encouraged her to have Dr. Trappe check them before serving, but it was too late. The dish had already been made. Cooking truffles and truffle-like fungi changes several characteristics, making positive identification more difficult.

The good news: Leucangium brunneum confirmed from another collection. And edibility also confirmed, but from unknowing guests.

I believe Dr. Jim said something to the effect of “When bringing a species novum to NATS, we like to identify them before serving them.”

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