Observation 81547: Laetiporus gilbertsonii Burds.

When: 2011-11-06

Collection location: Julian, California, USA [Click for map]

33.0° 116.0°

Who: Mary Wilson (Mwilson211)

No specimen available

Observation was made just east of Julian. Located in a mixed pine-oak woodland, at elevation of 4,235 feet. Mushrooms observed growing on what was almost certainly a Ponderosa pine. Cluster shown wasn’t the only one on the tree; there was another large cluster about 90° around the trunk, and 2’-3’ higher. When a small piece was broken off, there was no staining or bruising, and a very noticeable sweet, earthy scent. After setting for a few hours to acquire a spore print, scent has changed a bit to exactly like dark cocoa.


Image of the inside, note no bruising or staining.
Image of the underside. The pores are just visible.

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Used references: Internet research: descriptions and images
55% (1)
Recognized by sight: looks like oak bark (pale grayish plaques without puzzle-piece appearance of ponderosa pine, inner surface of bark layer reddish brown, much thicker and solid than the flakes of ponderosa pine, revealing marbled inner wood after one layer, unlike in pines)

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