Old Man of the Woods Strobilomyces confusus Singer  

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. Species must be distinguished by examination of spores, not macro characteristics. (J. Solem, pers. comm.)

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

There are 2 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)


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