When: 2016-06-20

Collection location: Blue Lake, Naples, Idaho, USA [Click for map]

Who: Earl (EGLunceford)

Specimen available

Found in the vicinity of Abies grandis, Tsuga heterophylla, queens cup, Amelanchier alnifolia, maianthus sp., anemone, Viola canadensis, and Equisetum sp., white, milky exudate present upon cross sectioning. Distinct locules also present. I expected the odor to resemble coconut but was surprised/disappointed; instead there was an undefinable mushroomy odor. Evidence of mycophagy was present. A cluster of about four of these were found in close proximity to each other. I recall Leucogaster citrinus not ever having been found in Idaho before. It would be quite exciting if this is that truffle.

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By: Earl (EGLunceford)
2017-06-27 23:51:58 PDT (-0700)

Terri, to preserve hypogeous fungi one should thin slice them and leave them in a window or on a cookie sheet to dry. Once dry, they should be stored in a jar with a desiccant packet.

L. citrinus in Georgia?
By: Terri Payton (Terri.payton@yahoo.com)
2017-06-21 19:32:41 PDT (-0700)

I found one of these in the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Georgia. My search to find what it was led me here. Do you know of anyone in my area that can confirm what I have is l. Citrinus? It smells wonderful, like a mix of white chocolate with vanilla. I do not know how to preserve it to get a positive id. Any help would be appreciated. I will post a picture when I figure out how. Thank you.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2016-06-21 11:41:46 PDT (-0700)

Dr. Alexander H. Smith collected extensively there in the ’50s and ’60s.

New to Idaho?
By: Earl (EGLunceford)
2016-06-20 22:46:21 PDT (-0700)

Could this be the first documented find in Idaho?

The white latex
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2016-06-20 22:39:44 PDT (-0700)

exuding from the globe is rather distinctive. Sometimes found with Tsuga. When very mature it can smell of coconut, but that odor may only develop after it has been dug up and left to dry on a nearby log by an animal wishing to cache it for later consumption.