Fruiting beneath Sitka spruce and Western hemlock near Lake Quinault. Pliant, thin flesh with spines that continue down the stem. Smooth, zoned cap, light brownish grey(darkening with age). Very long rooting stem. Grayish brown tones throughout fruiting bodies. Harvested a single fruiting body for home herbarium record(added images of dehydration process, spore printing and microscopy. Spores= irregularly nodulose, lumpy and very small(like tiny lumps of granola).
Odor=like drying paint/polypore’esque. Taste=bitter.


In hand for scale and spine context.
Old, darkened fruiting body resting atop the specimen I harvested.
Long rooting stem hooked downward(5-6in.).
Smooth, brown zoned cap context.
Sliced and racked for dehydration(along with the rest of todays specimens).
Spore printed a small portion on a glass slide for microscopy.
Microscopy. Very small, rough, lumpy/nodulose spores.
Microscopy. Very small, rough, lumpy/nodulose spores.

Proposed Names

86% (1)
Recognized by sight
29% (1)
Used references: Based on black stained specimen and darkening with age(although there are multiple conflicting descriptions/collections). More confident that this is S. stereosarcinon that darkened due to environmental factors).

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Created: 2019-09-11 12:43:49 EDT (-0400)
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