Collection location: Hixon Forest, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA [Click for map]
The cap is mostly brown but has distinctive olive coloration and patches of pink. The stalk is bright yellow near the apex with bright red, vein-like reticulation near the top that blends into the purple-red lower portion of the stalk. The outside of the stalk bruises a cool olive-blue color. The pore surface is red on mature mushrooms and it bruises dark blue. The pileus tastes mildly sweet and when ripped, smells of over-ripe fruit.
Spore print is olive-brown.
These were found on a steep slope in sandy soil under Oak and Birch.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:01:09 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Hixon Forest, La Crosse, WI’ to ‘Hixon Forest, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA’
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We have found quite a few disjunct distributions of fungi in the driftless area here in our corner of Wisconsin— where the glaciers missed us 10,000 years ago. It’s a very interesting mycological place.
nice, thorough work-up too, Matthew; very useful to us future finders of out-of-the-ordinary mushrooms.
Might want to send a link to this sighting to Bill Roody; apparently, you have expanded the known range of this one, at least as listed in the Bessettes Big Book o Boletes.