When: 2017-06-22

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Pgrunow

No specimen available

Notes:
Gills: creamy off-white becoming a toasty golden brown in age. Rarely basifurcate and normally crowded and unforked. Seldom, if ever, forked near cap. Partial gills occasional.

Cap: underside/flesh white, only tanning lightly in age, not becoming dark brown. Color rosy purplish red (wine red?), becoming more purplish red in age and drying, darkest toward the center of the pileus, but the most dramatic darkening occurred at the margin during aging. See images. Margin slightly curling underneath cap in age, and never striated. Cap, gills and stipe, smooth and dry. Cap cuticle not peelable, or if so only a very short amount.

Stipe: chalky whitish at time of collection, close to gills color darkening slightly with light brown tones. I did try to get it to bruise, but the coloration appeared to be correlated to age. There were never red or seriously gray tones to the stipe.

Scent: there was no discernable scent in the field or on its ride to my home. After some time, it developed an odor, probably from decomposition. I don’t believe it was shrimp or xerampelina like, maybe vaguely fishy, but more like what I consider a typical decomposing mushroom smell. The scent went away with further aging, only having a vague fungal smell when you stick your nose in it and have a good whiff.

Taste: acrid and terrible

Location: stump beach trail, east (inland) of highway 1. On a hillside under conifers (Douglas-fir and Bishop Pine were there, redwoods further away) and bay.

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