Old Man of the Woods Strobilomyces confusus Singer    
Kingdom Fungi   >   Phylum Basidiomycota   >   Class Agaricomycetes   >   Order Boletales   >   Family Boletaceae   >   Genus Strobilomyces   

Status:

Found solitary on ground or on well-rotted wood in hardwood or mixed forests.

Description:

Cap: According to Bessette, Bessette and Fischer p. 354, this species "...has a slightly smaller cap [than S. strobilaceus], up to 4 3/4" (12 cm) wide, with smaller, erect, often stiff and pointed scales." Light ground color covered with prominent gray/black scales, flattened or erect; convex to flat in age; may have veil remnants along margin; light flesh quickly stains red/orange, then black. Pores: White, then gray, finally black in age; stain reddish, then black. Stalk: Grayish/black; lower portion shaggy; may have one or more rings or ring zones; stains reddish, then black. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

Compare S. strobilaceus. See also Old Man of the Woods genus page.

There are 5 records in the project database.

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Old Man of the Woods (S. confusus) (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/25/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Old Man of the Woods (S. confusus) (fruiting body) in Howard Co., Maryland (8/15/2013). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

Old Man of the Woods (S. confusus) growing in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/15/2018). Determined by Anne Looker. Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)


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