When: 2009-11-20

Collection location: Jackson Demonstration State Forest, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Ryane Snow (snowmam)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

69% (4)
Used references: MD p.434; found in coastal mixed conifer forest ~4 miles inland; smell of over-ripe pears
-12% (3)
Recognized by sight: context color will tell the tale: orange for traganus, purple for subfoetidus. both smell like overripe pears, both purple corts.
subfoetidus is a PNW species; has it been confirmed for Mendocino CO?

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A nice collection of C. subfoetidus
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-12-03 19:54:26 CST (-0500)

This is a very nice collection of C. subfoetidus. I had never seen it in Calfiornia and only glanced it once overall in Washington. The shield on the stalk is very, very distinctive. Ryane showed me the collection a week or so ago and I compared the spores. Like many other pale lilac Corts, subfoetidus is a complex of species actually and Moser did some investigation on them while collecting in the North. When the fruitbodies mature and dry out, the cap turns pure blue.


P.S. C. traganus is rather dry even when very moist. C. camphoratus can be totally viscid when wet, but has a different odor and looks.

flesh is purple
By: Ryane Snow (snowmam)
2009-11-21 10:56:56 CST (-0500)

the context is purple and I’ve seen it this Fall in another location