Collection location: Kaipara harbour, Auckland, New Zealand [Click for map]
I have come across this mushroom quite a few times and thought it was a young Russula specimen but I now suspect it to be in the genus Macowanites due to it’s secotioid form, there is one species that this resembles in macroscopic form from __Macowanites tapawera__">NZ but the stipe is much less prominent and the gleba is loculate whereas the species depicted here has a well defined stipe and the gleba is lamellate, the gleba of this mushroom never becomes exposed!
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Looks like almost more like a Russula than Macowanites, but without exposure to air, spores are sequestered. I suspect there are many, many more of these, but most people just shrug them off as something unknown or unknowable. No one really knows whether Macowanites is in the process of going hypogeous and losing its stipe from Russula, or going the opposite direction. In New Zealand, I suspect it could be the other way around, since many of the extinct birds and animals of New Zealand are known to have been distributing mycorrhizal fungi. Many of these species have developed either bright colors to attract animals (especially birds) or distinctive aromas. Was there an aroma?
Created: 2009-10-27 00:09:27 CDT (-0500)
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