When: 2008-10-18

Collection location: Brandywine Trail, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Daryl Thompson (woobs)

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Found in pot hole lake country, glaciated basalt with light overburden. Swampy ground that tends to dry out considerably in dry season. Mixed Pinus contorta, Thuja plicata and Spruce.


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Recognized by sight: Unusually dark specimen

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Needles and litter of pine,
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-07-15 09:45:50 CEST (+0200)

Cladonia and cowberry, this is a perfect habitat for pine – and Sarcodon squamosus.
S. imbricatus is one that prefers grassy, herb-rich spruce forests. It’s paler brown than squamosus too.

One reason why it took so long to separate these two species, is that there are no significant differences in the microscope. It was actually mushroom dyers that noticed that it was only the darker one with pine that could be used to extract blue colours.

If you find a similar (but a little less scaly) species with a bitter taste in the same habitat, you have to check if the stem base is blue, because then it’s probably Sarcodon scabrosus.. Sarcodon squamosus is not bitter.

Also perfect Spruce habitat for S. imbricatus!
By: Daryl Thompson (woobs)
2009-07-15 06:04:24 CEST (+0200)

Well apparently S. squamosus has been seen here, after a little follow up, I guess it’s all academic now since I didn’t “scope” it. Apparently S. squamosus is bitter to taste – a useful field test.

Never noticed!
By: Daryl Thompson (woobs)
2009-07-15 05:59:14 CEST (+0200)

Gives it scale.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-07-14 10:23:57 CEST (+0200)

Nice Mycena there on the side.

Perfect pine habitat for S. squamosus
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-07-13 09:16:13 CEST (+0200)
According to the Pacific Northwest Key Council, http://www.svims.ca/council/
By: Daryl Thompson (woobs)
2009-07-13 05:07:21 CEST (+0200)

Sarcodon squamosus is not list as occurring in the Pacific Northwest. Although many are listed, Sarcodon imbricatus seems to be the one we always run into.