When: 2016-07-28

Collection location: Nelson Co., Virginia, USA [Click for map]

37.7998389°N 78.7774°W [Click for map]

Who: Vg (Mushroom dakini)

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Rosette, large, ripped off base when harvested. Growing under a big tree, looked like oak leaves but leaves very high up so hard to be sure. Around many oaks and other deciduous trees. Insects on it. Can go back to take full picture if needed for identification. There were two rosettes, one on one side of tree and then on the other. Peach fragrance.

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Good call Dario
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2016-07-28 18:32:22 MDT (-0600)

Just did some research on MO and Found MO obs. # 26083 by Debbie Viess. All of the specimens of this species which I have found were pristine and whitish. I never returned were I found them to observe any color changes. Live and learn. Incidentally these are relatively tough and not very tasty. A friend of mine pureed it in a blender to make pancakes. His opinions about the taste and texture varied according to the different ingredients he added to various mixtures. I tried a few and didn’t like any of them.

Bondarzewia berkeleyi
By: Vg (Mushroom dakini)
2016-07-28 17:39:36 MDT (-0600)

I agree with Dario. Chicken of the woods does not have the same pore surface.

B. Berkelyi has this description of pore surface which is like the one i have.
Pore Surface: Running down the stem; whitish; not bruising, or bruising very faintly brownish; pores angular, 0.5-2 mm across; tubes to 1 cm deep.

The color of the caps
By: Phil Yeager (gunchky)
2016-07-28 14:57:14 MDT (-0600)

resemble the famous “chicken mushroom”. Dario may be correct but I’ve never seen B. berkelyi with a cap color like this.