Observation 28185: Hydnellum cyanopodium K.A. Harrison

common characteristics
Bluish/purple/gray fruiting body, very fragrant odor (like perfume), debris incorporated into body, depressed cap, spines decurrent and gray (see picture)

mixed conifer forest, predominantly redwood

obviously warty spores(see picture)

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:07:59 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Wolfe Creek Education Center, Redwood National Park, Orick, Humbolt Co., California, USA’ to ‘Wolfe Creek Education Center, Redwood National Park, Orick, California, USA



Proposed Names

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Used references: Mushrooms Demystified, Kabir Peay (instructor)
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Smell like aniseed is right for the species.
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-11-15 18:40:35 CST (-0600)
Hydnellum, no doubt
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-11-14 04:12:52 CST (-0600)

The picture of the spores shows pale brown, tuberculate spores like in Hydnellum suaveolens:

I think it’s possible to cut trough a dried specimen too, and it should show a bluish zonate flesh, like this:

I don’t know what it should smell like, but if I’m not mistaken, H. regium is pale, almost white in the stem.

I am a newbie!
By: dana flett (dflett)
2009-11-13 18:49:47 CST (-0600)

Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know that the species I have will now be a dried specimen and I don’t know if the specific pictures you want will still be obtainable but I will try during my lab on Monday. I also looked in Mushrooms Demystified about the H.regium and it said the odor was “farinaceous” (pg 625) whereas the specimen I collected was decidedly “strongly fragrant (like anise or peppermint)” (pg 624)

looks almost like
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-11-13 06:34:33 CST (-0600)

H. regium but you cant really tell from your photo.
please photograph the underside and then cut it in half (down the cap through the middle of the stalk) and add a photo of the flesh color.

I don’t understand
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-11-13 04:36:34 CST (-0600)

How can we determine the colour of the spines, when the picture doesn’t show them?

By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-11-13 04:02:54 CST (-0600)

With the grey spines, this usually points to Phellodon, which has a white spore print, where Hydnellum should have a brown spore print (I think I have the right?). Although I’m not sure Phellodon has warted spores. But did consider Phellodon here, and knock it out for some reason?

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