When: 2012-10-01

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

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

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I find this coconut-odored type every year in the same location. Near a creek, birch, hemlock, other hardwoods. The two collections seen here were all made within the same couple of acres.


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Recognized by sight: No staining of latex
Used references: NA Milky Book

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By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2015-02-16 15:22:17 CST (-0600)

some other species. With more than two hundred species in N.A. there are many not in books or online. I also believe that there may be many L. hibbardae look a likes that may have an odor similar to coconut.

The collections I have made…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-02-15 20:28:41 CST (-0600)

at the Tubs have had a prominent coconut odor. The gray cap color matches hibbardae var. hibbardae. I have made collections in this same exact location for several years, with these traits remaining consistent.

NA Milky Book mentions forking gills for hibbardae var. glaucescens. But I have never noticed the latex drying pale grayish-green, which is a signature trait for this species.

Do the forking gills mean that hibbardae var. hibbardae should be ruled out? It is interesting that most of my collections labeled “hibbardae” show some forking near the stipe. But other than this, the mushrooms match well with descriptions of hibbardae var. hibbardae.

I doubt these represent L. mutabilis, as multiple collections made at the same location have all lacked the brown colors associated with mutabilis, but exhibited the coconut odor not associated with mutabilis.

Gills show
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2015-02-15 19:04:22 CST (-0600)

forking near the stipe. No mention of this in L hibbardae var. hibbardae.