Sarcodon scabrosus

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Sarcodon scabrosus

RBG Kew herbarium accession number K(M)160940. 13 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Cap

Convex, then flattened or depressed, irregular, coarsely scaly, pinkish brown to reddish brown, to about 15 cm across

Spines

Decurrent, brittle, whitish then purple brown, to about 10 mm long

Stem

Equal or broader at the apex, whitish, pinkish or reddish brown, sometimes blue green, dark green or black at the base

Flesh

Firm, whitish or pale pink, blue green to grey green in the stem base

Smell

Mealy

Taste

Bitter or acrid

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rare, with most records from Southern England. Known from Berkshire, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Scotland

Habitat

With oak and sweet chestnut

Spore Print

Yellow brown to brown

Microscopic Features

Spores sub-spherical with prominent warts (6-7.5) x (5-6) µm2.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

This species could be confused with S. imbricatus, which lacks the mealy smell, and S. glaucopus, both of which grow with conifers

Additional Photographs

Sarcodon scabrosus

13 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Sarcodon scabrosus

15 September 2008 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Sarcodon scabrosus

5 August 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Sarcodon scabrosus

5 August 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Sarcodon scabrosus

Hyphae on the surface of a spine viewed with a x40 microscope objective and x2.5 projection lens. 15 August 2009 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin