When: 2009-02-23

Collection location: Namibia [Click for map]

Who: Candice (Candice)

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I am not a mushroom expert but from I’ve learnt from the internet, I understand that these are termitomyces reticulatus….my family and I always take drives into the bush in February to serach for these local delicassies and I thought I’d share this image with you…..

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By: Candice (Candice)
2009-02-24 14:43:56 CST (+0800)

Dear Debbie and Rod,
I’m pleased that the images which I posted have found favour….I’ve added some more (some from previous years) for your enjoyment.
Locally these mushrooms are known as “Omajovas” and are regarded as a delicassy, especially by the German community here. And so, only after good rains and usually only around February, many a family will spend its weekend out in the bush searching for these delicious monsters. They grow up 45cm in diameter but are best when they have just emerged from the termite mound.
We also have the Kalahari truffle (!Nabba), found in the sandy eastern regions of the country but they usually later, around April or early May at the end of the rainy season. I will keep a look out for these, which are even more delicious, and keep you posted.
Have a nice day! Candice

thank you Candice!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-23 22:47:21 CST (+0800)

would that we North American mushroom hunters could have such an easy way to spot OUR favorite mushrooms on a drive-by!

I hear that these are delicious, and get so big at times that they can double as parasols! Very useful for that hot African sun…;)

Thank you
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-02-23 22:22:40 CST (+0800)


I seldom see postings from Africa on Mushroom Observer. It is a pleasure to see material from Namibia.

Very best,

Rod Tulloss

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-02-23 19:56:42 CST (+0800)

They kinda look like Macrolepiota or Chlorophylum. Is that a termite mound (I am assuming)? Too bad you didn’t get closer photos of the ’shrooms, it would be good to see the gills and stipes, and possibly what color spores they are.