Collection location: Wells Mills County Park, Ocean Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]
Two separate collections (2+1) brought to the ID tables by NJMA foray participants. One specimen (with brown gills) was donated to Kean University researchers working on saprobes/wood decomposers; it will be sequenced by them (ITS), so hopefully the ID is going to be confirmed. The remainder of the collection was transferred to the NJMA Herbarium at Rutgers Uniersity in New Brunswick, NJ.
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It is a typical species for NC, under pine on the coastal plain and in mixed woods in the Smokies. Now we know it ranges north among pines to NJ. There may also be an MO record resembling this species from OH. It can be attractive; sometimes redder, sometimes browner.
We find it occasionally in pine-oak woods in NJ. Seems like it generally prefers this kind of habitat (pines, sandy acidic soils). Prior its identification by Dr. Kerrigan (obs 288254), we were not sure what name to put on it… Other than that, Agaricus is rare in the outer coastal plain based on my collecting experience over the many years. If you check MO records, however, vinosobrunneofumidus, appears to be a rather common species in the east. The cap color scheme, the characteristic odor and the habitat make it relatively easy to ID.
Really caught my eye. I don’t recall ever seeing this species.
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