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When: 2008-11-10

Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)

No specimen available

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S. granulatus or S. brevipes most likely, but not S. pungens…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2008-11-12 20:36:26 CST (-0500)

S. pungens prefers Monterey Pine (3 needles) of which SPSP seems to have just a few planted. In fact I do not recall having seen S. pungens there. S. brevipes likes two-needle pines like Bishop pine. Of course, identifying a single specimen is tricky. There is also Suillus granulatus of which SPSP has quite a few and if I had a choice here I’ll probably suggest that name… I hope I’m not missing something here, as I haven’t done Suillus since last year.

Have fun, Dimitar
Suillus brevipes
By: Ken Stavropoulos (pennybun)
2008-11-12 18:29:50 CST (-0500)

I found a extra picture to see the stipe better

yup. but when they have the same cap color, it’s the glandular dots (or not) …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-12 11:08:34 CST (-0500)

that make the ID, yah? this particular specimen hardly has an abbreviated stipe!

Color changes
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2008-11-11 16:22:36 CST (-0500)

There is some odor and taste differences I think, except those are subtle. THe main difference is that S. pungens goes through a series of color changes. It can start out almost white, with slight green-grey, then darkens to tan-olive-brown, and becomes patchy in age. S. brevipes pretty much stays the same color, or either slightly darkens or lightens in age. There is a medium size and age where the two look alike.

By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2008-11-11 15:44:22 CST (-0500)

…or S. pungens looks like S. brevipes when there is too much light on the stipe?

so, brevipes is similar to pungens but w/out the glandular dots?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-11-11 13:01:13 CST (-0500)