Collection location: Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Siskiyou Co., California, USA [Click for map]
The mushroom smells spermatic, is medium small and bluish. Found in woods of mature Fir trees at 4500 elevation. Temperatures were in the mid 80’s when it was found.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:14 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Mt Shasta Trinity Forest’ to ‘Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Siskiyou Co., California, USA’
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I made a spore print on aluminum foil, the deposit was whitish. I plan on germinating these spores and seeing if I can produce a fruiting body.
This is a very rare mushroom, and is only the third instance that I am aware of that it has been documented within the recent past, with photographs or illustrations, from the Sierra range: David Rust’s discovery in Sequoia NF in 1999, Bolek Kusnik’s collection and photo, perhaps posted here soon, from 1998(?) near Yosemite, and now James’ sighting from Shasta. Once seen (or smelled) never forgotten!