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When: 2016-05-18

Collection location: California, Ohio, USA [Click for map]

74.3903°N 27.0319°E -399m [Click for map]

Who: Crystal (Squirrelgirl)

No specimen available

So I have solved the Rhodotus palmatus odor mystery! Field guides typically list it as having no odor. As it turns out, it’s actually the stinkiest mushroom I’ve ever come across, but only SOME people can smell it!
I had a sample and 20 willing, perhaps reluctant, participants. Of them, only myself and one little boy could smell it. It is a pungent, minty, chemically smell, reminiscent of camphor. (The little boy described it as peppermint.) It’s so strong I can smell it through a sealed ziplock baggie.

October, 2018 update:
Since then, I regularly poll people when they find it, and have had several smaller groups of people all sniff the same sample. Only about 1 out of 20 seem to be able to detect the odor.

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Fantastic image!
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2016-05-18 22:46:21 CDT (-0400)