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When: 2020-07-17

Collection location: Wharton State Forest, Burlington Co., New Jersey, USA [Click for map]

(coordinates hidden from public) 14m

Who: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)

Specimen available

A single perfect fruitbody growing at the base of a large white oak near a road bank in pine-oak woods. This small area has yielded P. sclerotiorum in the past (other trees on the opposite site of road): obs 288112 and obs 335244.
Specimen preserved.


Natural scattered light; photographed 2-3 min after sectioning

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I must be wearing my mask too long…
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2020-07-21 21:21:16 CDT (-0400)

Oxygen deprivation has dulled my mind.

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2020-07-21 20:49:57 CDT (-0400)

There actually are 71 observations of this critter. For 57 of these it still bears the old name, Xerocomus sclerotiorum.

Interesting that a species with such a wide range,
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2020-07-21 20:00:58 CDT (-0400)

New Jersey to Texas, but only 12 observations, several in New Jersey.

I doubt it, Dave
By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2020-07-21 19:05:09 CDT (-0400)

Though the general area is usually frequented (or at least used to be) by leccinum-loving “ethnics” in the fall, to my knowledge this particular spot sees only motorized traffic in summertime. I think I am the only one who knows about slerotiorum growing here. I never looked for screlotia, as I would not want to enter the surrounding undergrowth without wearing a hazmat suit. :-)

Did anyone ever…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2020-07-21 18:32:23 CDT (-0400)

dig up a sclerotium in this area?

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2020-07-21 17:50:28 CDT (-0400)

Thank you, Dario.

Nice find,Igor
By: dario.z (dario13)
2020-07-21 17:16:26 CDT (-0400)