Special Issue
Treasures from Banks, OR 
Fall, 2004

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From the Geigers, November 21:  

Found these today. If we did our homework right, they should be Blewits, the Clitocybe nuda.

Taking a spore print now.


From me:  

With the inrolled margin and total purple color, I would say that they are Blewits and was even going to save some for you to taste here. They are very delicious, especially when young and growing under conifers.

The only thing I know that looks similar is a Cortinarius, but it has brown spores, not pinkish-buff like a Blewit, and with traces of the cortina on the stalk.

I would try some cooked in butter.

From Me: You WILL like them.

From the Geigers, November 22:  

We cooked them up tonight and they are real tasty. Would go real good with a nice New York Steak!!!


Clitocybe nuda
From the Geigers, November 28: We think it is most likely the Clavulina cristata. This close up is pretty close to the color. Had to play with it in the house to get the right color. Maybe a bit lighter though. Quite a few of them under some old growth Douglas Firs.


From me: I am sure that is what it is too. The Ramariopsis kunsei is not supposed to have much of a common stalk like this one does.

It is highly rated for edibility by some and not by others, according to Arora. I have never eaten one.

Clavulina cristata close-up
From the Geigers, December 4: Herman. I keep saying we are done picking Chanterelles for this year, but they just keep popping up. A few Blewits. Will make a nice supper tonight.

I said before that we had a wet fall. That was in Oct. November ending up being fairly dry with only about 1/2 of the normal rainfall. Rain tonight maybe snow Sunday night.

Bob & Rebecca

From me: Much too cold now for mushrooms. We are supposed to get snow here this weekend.

Bon appetit!


More Chanterelles and Blewits!
From the Geigers, December 11:

Herman, Today Rebecca and I went to an adjoining property to get our Christmas Tree. 40 acres of trees.

Found these. I think they are the Pisolithus tinctorius (Dead Man's Foot) . A number of smaller puff balls growing also. These looked interesting.

Later. Bob

From me: 

Don't usually see them fresh. They should have a dark or yellowish granular interior, and eventually turn into a brown dusty blob.

If you break it open and show me the interior, I may be able to ID it.

From me, continued:

After I sent the last message, I looked at the rest of the pictures. It sure looks like a Pisolithus to me, at least the interior.

It IS beautiful inside, isn't it?

It is another dye mushroom. Also it is supposed to be good for helping conifer growth, so you should sprinkle the spores around your own favorite conifers.


Pisolithus tinctorius
Pisolithus tinctorius

Pisolithus tintorius
Inside view

From the Giegers, December 11, continued:

Found these today in the tree farm also. about 4 inches in diameter. Nice curled lip. the one is a bit out of focus. forget to use the macro mode.

From Fred Stevens:

Hi Herman-

To me it looks like Paxillus involutus. Check to see if it had a brown spore print.

The gills on Paxillus involutus are not only decurrent but tend to bruise brown and are very shallow, easily peeled with a thumbnail from the cap.


From me: 

Hi Bob and Rebecca,

Fred Stevens says it looks like it could be a Paxillus involutus, if the spores are brown to brownish-yellow. It also should stain brown.

It looks very much like the pictures at http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/species/Paxillus_involutus.html in the list of pictures towards the bottom of the page.

Can you still get a spore print, or did you notice that it stained brown? It looks to me like the stem stained brown to me.

I would say it WAS a Paxillus involutus

Paxillus involutus

From the Geigers, December 12: 

Hello! I went back over and got the Mushroom. It does have a brown spore print and does stain brown. Not real fast, but it does stain brown. No bleeding at all. a couple of the pictures may look like it does, but no latex bleeding at all.

Also one picture of what I called Gyromitra infula. At first I thought it was an Elfin Saddle, but the stalk is completely different. Am trying to get a spore print on it now.

Later, Bob

From me:

The brown spore print confirms the Paxillus ID.

The other one, with the Saddle-shaped cap, should be the Gyromitra infula, as opposed to the G. esculenta, which has a cap that is more brain-like.


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