Collection location: Southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, USA [Click for map]
would love to know more about this one to
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:16 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘south west of laramie Wyoming’ to ‘Southwest of Laramie, Wyoming, USA’
The black scabers on the stalk and the close, light pores under the cap put this in the genus Leccinum. Identifying to species is a bit challenging in this genus. It often depends on the color changes that happen after the mushroom is cut or bruised. For many years the general rule was that all Leccinums are edible. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), in the last few years there have been several reports of people getting sick after eating Leccinums in Colorado. I don’t know what species this species was associated with. This just reinforces the general rules that should never eat something unless you are completely sure it is edible and the first time you eat something you should have it identified in person by someone else who has eaten it in the past.