Observation 246898: Leucopaxillus gentianeus (Quél.) Kotl.

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57% (1)
Recognized by sight: on ground under aspen, pine and Douglas fir
-29% (1)
Recognized by sight: Orange brown cap with paler margin, decurrent gills with orangish cast, white basal mycelium, under aspen, documented from Mexico, a hardwood associate
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72% (3)
Recognized by sight: Taste?
56% (1)
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These look and feel different than L. gentianeus I’ve seen in Az.
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2018-08-20 19:47:07 CDT (-0400)

They grow like weeds here so I’ve seen dark capped fresh young buttons and washed out or cracked capped older specimens. They always retain the hard firm texture which this obs did not have. In addition these were not bitter. Admittedly I tasted them after they were dried but from what I’ve read the taste remains. Unfortunately the ITS blast results are inconclusive so I will run LSU.

Just tasted the dried specimen
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2016-08-09 14:37:40 CDT (-0400)

not bitter. A wonderful mushroom odor. What I meant by hardy is hard flesh that feels more Russula like. Also the L. gentianeus I’ve found have large robust stems and browner caps with more inrolled margins. These specimens had plane orange caps with white margins, narrow stems and the flesh did not have that firmness I associate with Leucopaxillus I’ve found. But I haven’t found that many and so am not familiar with all of their stages of maturity or how they fare under all conditions—possibly this is how they get after being up for a while and rained on by monsoons?

It’s a pretty variable species
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2016-08-09 02:00:14 CDT (-0400)

Not sure exactly what you mean by hardy, but the ones I’m used to seeing on the west coast crumble fairly easily. Maybe you could taste your specimen? I dunno if the bitterness of L. gentianeus remains after drying…

Didn’t taste it
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2016-08-09 01:44:55 CDT (-0400)

but it was not as robust or hardy as L. gentianeus I’ve found here in Az and in Ca—these were pretty fragile by comparison.

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