Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]
This one seem fairly different from S. caerulescens, the veil is fairly orange and viscid, and the cap is fairly red-orange-brown, so it is fairly clearly S. ponderosus. One of things in the Thiers description of this species was that the stipe base bruises green, where S. caerulescens stipe base bruises blue. I’ve seen the blue, but not the green from the description. So, I cut this one in half, and bruised one half from the base up to the cap. One thing is that the flesh here is more yellow, compared to S. caerulescens, which I’ve seen as off-white creamy to light tan. The bruising here was very slight, and only at the base. I would say that the bruising was actually blue, but so light against the yellow flesh, that it appears somewhat green.
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