Collection location: Washington Crossing State Park, Mercer Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]
> A group of 4 fruiting bodies (3+1) growing in clay soil in deciduous woods, with maples, oaks and a single hickory in the vicinity. This collection was found just a few yards away from where B. roodyi (obs 244412) was picked last year.
> I rarely see lepidellas in NJ outside of the Pine Barrens. This is the second lepidella species found at WCSP on all the occasions I happened to be there. I’ve been regularly visiting this small area of the park each summer for 11 years, but I never saw this taxon there before. I don’t know what this critter is, as I eliminated everything from the PA/NJ/Northeast checklists at RET’s WAO website. Rod, I need some help here, please. :-)
> All the pictures were taken in natural light; the flash never deployed. The photographic record of this collection give a very accurate presentation of the morphology. There was no well defined annulus — as the cap expanded, the PV left a pulverulent-floccose ring zone; the rest of the PV presented itself as a thick, ragged wooly-membranous appendiculate material attached to the cap margin.
The odor was stinky, but not unpleasant; it was not of chlorine or decaying protein, but perhaps of old socks mixed with burnt sugar. A spore deposit was obtained directly on a glass slide. When viewed at x400 without a mounting agent, the spores appear to be upper-end ellipsoid to lower-end elongate. Spore measurements will be posted later.
> A mature and immature fruiting bodies were preserved for RET.
> Large fb final dimensions (it “grew” post collection):
Cap = 7.3 cm wide (measured end-to-end across the center); cap thickness = 2 cm in the center; gills = 1.1 cm wide; stipe = 13 cm long from the tip of the bulb to the junction with the pileus, 2 cm wide at the flared apex, 1.1 cm wide at narrowest point (~midway between apex and bulb), 1.5 cm wide on top of bulb; bulb = 5 cm tall and 2.2 cm wide.
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