When: 2008-01-11

Seen at: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Nathan Wilson (nathan)

No specimen available

Identified by David Arora at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair. It is a rare species, that he has seen before on the UCSC campus. It isn’t known where this specific collection came from.

Checking this against an actual description of A. subrubescens, it seems unlikely that this is the same species. In particular, that species is said to have a light yellow pileus and no mention is made of the black fibrils seen in this specimen. However, I couldn’t find a better name for it.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 01:56:50 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Santa Cruz Fungus Fair, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA’ to ‘Santa Cruz, California, USA’


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I don’t understand
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-11-12 15:53:03 CST (-0600)

the black colour on the caps, did someone pour ink on them, or some chemicals that made them black?
The subrubescens I know, has always been white, just with a very pale lilac shade in the caps (the greyish lilac fibrils are visible with a hand-lens).

Too bad that the habitat is unknown…

Black fibrils ok
By: Robert Sasata (Sasata)
2008-11-11 17:47:42 CST (-0600)

“Some specimens may be covered with blackish-grey to purple-grey fibrils” see Ginns J. (1997) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatrellus_subrubescens)