Observation 82563: Hypholoma fasciculare (Huds.) P. Kumm.

As mentioned in obsercation 82560, I have been seeing many gilled boletes recently, and have even witnessed them growing in small clusters (see MO:82560). But then today I found this which completely confused me. Found in the FERP, south-west quadrant of the 020, 200 quadrat, at the base of a quercus parvula. There was this big cluster. they seemed almost a little rubbery. the caps looked a lot like gilled boletes I have been finding, and the young ones had the same brilliant yellow gills. The gills appeared to stop at the stipe, they were not decurrent. At least one older specimen (as seen in the photo on the right) had differently colored gills which seem to have changed with age. The weird clustering, lack of decurrent gills, and strange gill color of the older specimens seem to suggest that it is NOT P. rhodoxanthus, but if I were handed a young individual that it what I would probably call it, and that was definitely my first thought upon finding them. I brought two specimens to Christain Schwarz, and he proposed that they could even be highly deformed sulfer tufts, due to the bright gill color, and changing gill color of older individuals.



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