Observation 28979: Hydnellum P. Karst.

When: 2009-11-27

Collection location: Cherokee Co., Alabama, USA [Click for map]

Who: Rob (gourmand)

No specimen available


[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:59:21 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Cherokee Co., AL, USA’ to ‘Cherokee Co., Alabama, USA’


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Recognized by sight: With spines

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-12-15 17:33:06 CST (-0500)

Cut it in half and look at the colours inside. H. caeruleum has an orange stem and a beautiful zonate context with orange and blue colours.

Perhaps you all are right
By: Rob (gourmand)
2009-12-15 11:18:46 CST (-0500)

I’d tend to go with the second, Hydnellum caeruleum as it looks more like the pictures to me, and I do remember some hints of blue, if memory serves (which apparently it does not . . . ). I’ll go with that, seeing as I really don’t have any better ideas.

It could be
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-12-14 18:47:05 CST (-0500)

what I call Phellodon alboniger http://mushroomobserver.org/19540. It’s tough to tell these older Hydnellum/Phellodon apart when they get old like this, especially without knowing flesh color.
Another possibility is Hydnellum caeruleum, spines are right and you can talk yourself into believing that it has a faded blue margin on the left hand side of the cap.

If you don’t remember spines,
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-12-14 11:08:10 CST (-0500)

you must remember another mushroom. This one has spines.

I don’t remember there being spines on this mushroom . . .
By: Rob (gourmand)
2009-12-14 10:49:50 CST (-0500)

they seemed far more like pores. I collected this only a couple weeks ago. the mushroom was very tough and woody, and had pores, not spines.