When: 2007-11-17

Collection location: Fort Bragg, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: hotash

No specimen available

an unknown (to me :) beautiful purple polypore/tooth like fungi

possibly Hydnellum caeruleum ??

found in redwood/fir/madrone forest
growing in moss along the bank of a small seasonal waterway

more photos of this can be found


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Hydnellum sp.
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-11-22 00:56:35 CST (-0500)

We have five purple species of Hydnellum in California. Three have a strong odor, two do not. One of the best ID characteristics for this group is the color of the interior flesh in the stalk. Using only the photos, I would tend to call it Hydnellum sp.

Did you smell it?
By: Administrator (admin)
2007-11-21 23:39:25 CST (-0500)

H. suaveolens is supposed to be very fragrant. Without seeing inside or seeing a more mature specimen, I don’t know how to distinguish between these two species.

Maybe even Hydnellum suaveolens ???
By: hotash
2007-11-21 18:19:15 CST (-0500)

what do you think about Hydnellum suaveolens

this was very velvety and didn’t appear to be funnel like to me.
the undersides did appear to have the ‘tooth’ like appearance.

i think i like the Hydnellum suaveolens description a bit better even

Hydnellum caeruleum sounds right to me
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-11-21 17:13:03 CST (-0500)

It looks like this is a very young specimen.