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Four specimens growing on a lawn under an old beech tree.

The caps were gray, with a darker umbo in mature specimens. The volva was very friable and crumbled away together with the soil clumps. The older fruitbodies with expanded caps were in great shape, but when I came back to collect them in the afternoon (following an NJMA foray at Stephens State Park), the sun and low humidity had already “fried” the caps.

Older specimen: 12.5 cm tall; expanded cap = ~4.5 cm wide; stipe = 3 mm wide at apex, 7 mm wide at base.

Younger Specimen: 11.5 cm tall; unexpanded cap = ~4 cm wide; stipe = 8×6 mm wide at apex; 9×7 mm wide at base.

Rod, I am sending these to you as well.


The flash makes the cap look brown, but it’s actually gray!

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By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2018-01-03 22:08:22 AST (-0400)

There won’t be any more mycorrhizal mushrooms coming from that spot. The magnificent beech tree was removed by the town in 2014 or 2015 for no apparent reason (the tree was healthy).

Thanks Igor,
By: groundhog
2013-08-16 14:51:38 AST (-0400)

This material has been received and accessioned into Rod’s herbarium.

Lookin forward to the mateiral.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2013-08-05 22:58:12 AST (-0400)

Thank you.