When: 2009-07-31

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

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All over Zone 05 again, many of the fruitbodies new since last week. There were easily over a dozen in one patch near a spindly fallen tree (pictured here) and another cluster of a dozen all around the head of the branch path that leads downhill into Zone 06. Interestingly, not a single one was to be found in Zone 06, even with a big cluster just on the other side of the border.

Young fruitbody, older fruitbody, pore surface of latter fruitbody (in situ; I didn’t disturb these), and large scattered group.

Not disturbing these was nontrivial. Enough were in pathways to require fancy footwork to avoid stepping on the things. This compared to the handful in the same area last week, and the three total I saw anywhere in this forest last year.

I didn’t check out Zone 24 today. If I had, I would have probably found literally hundreds of these and of the pink Russulas, to judge by how many I saw from the path in Zone 05. (One area contained at least half a dozen of each, AND half a dozen chanterelles, AND at least two Amanita flavoconias, one of them the baby one in an earlier observation. All of these species are all over Zone 05 like a rash. The sheer amount of reddish S. pictus would probably make it look like it had a rash to Google’s GeoEye satellite, were it not for the trees’ foliage.)

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