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Observation 102934: Hydnum albidum Peck

When: 2012-07-25

Collection location: Seven Tubs Natural Area, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

This collection differs from the H. repnandum that I collect around here in the following ways: Fruit bodies chalky white with yellowish stains, spines very short, spores 3.5-5.5 × 3-5. Taste mild.


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48% (2)
Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features: spores broadly elliptic to subglobose. Measurments listed in notes.
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Recognized by sight
Used references: MO discussion and C du Q
Based on microscopic features: Maximum spore lengths 5.5 microns.

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Thanks Walt.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-07-26 21:05:18 CDT (-0400)

I ran across the name “Hydnum albidum” on Tom Volk’s website… a SE NA species. The report there says the spines are longer than expected for the typical hydnum mushroom, a contrast to this collection. Maybe the spines on the ones seen here (102934) are short due to weather conditions… hot and dry.