When: 2013-11-09

Collection location: Lower Meramec Park, St. Louis Co., Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: weed lady (Sylvia )

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By: Rocky Houghtby
2015-01-27 07:51:29 PST (-0800)

I would love to have a look at these, Sylvia. I have two other collections of what Walt calls validipes that differ microscopically from what I call spectabilis. Your collection would expand the distribution of this species if it is the same.

Walt, Rocky and Herbert
By: weed lady (Sylvia )
2015-01-27 03:37:01 PST (-0800)

Thank you all for comments, votes, proposals and time. Walt, you said it all. It is easier to say what it is not than saying what it is. I am happy to let this stay the way it is now and perhaps someone will have a reinforcing opinion that this is G. validipes. It could be that. I do not have enough experience to vote any further. At this point would specimens be of help?

By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2015-01-26 14:17:45 PST (-0800)

The late season date and densely clustered appearance point away from G. junonius although there has been some disagreement on this site about that.
I would wager that this mushroom lacked the cherry-almond benzaldehyde odor which is present in G. junonius. It is also one of the largest Gymnopilus species. I might suggest G. validipes but without much conviction. As is often the case what it is not is easier than what it is. If you detected a prominent cherry odor, then you may be right. DNA help needed.