Collection location: Larch Mountain, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]
Specimen appears to be a truffle. Was found approximately 4 inches deep, under a rock held firmly in place by a large stump’s root. An animal had tried digging down to it, and that was why I attempted to dig it out. This is what I found. Growing at the base of a Noble fir stump. Appears to have a pure white vestigial stipe extending through the gleba. Peridium bread-crust brown; with a white veil? where gills might be. Texture is soft cheese, similar to Gymnomyces (Martellia). Odor pleasant, fruity (raspberry?) and syrup (not maple). I submitted it to the North American Truffling Society for identification, but it was never given an identification that I am aware of.
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i’ll keep my eyes peeled next I find myself up on Larch again.
Collection was mailed years ago. Received no response. Nada. I know of no hypogeous fungi with aroma which has a vestigial stipe extending through the cap. I believe, but cannot prove, that this may be a species novum unlike anything I have seen before. I must presume the collection has now been lost to science. The only thing I have to prove it even existed are the photos. The original photos were included with my collection, and mailed to OSU.
any new insights?
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