Gymnopilus spectablis anyone?

Mycos williams at
Thu Sep 19 06:13:30 EST 1996

mad at (Michael A. Dritschel) wrote:

>In article <50pc86$bdp at>, dgaines at (David N. Gaines) writes:
>> I am looking for information on possible habitat and or forest (tree 
>> species) associations of Gymnopilus spectablis and other members of this 
>> genus.  I have searched for them on and off in hardwood forests of the 
>> Appalachian range (Pennsylvania to Virginia) for the last 15 years and 
>> had little luck.  Several years ago I worked on a mosquito survey in the 
>> flood plains of south central Virginia and found Gymnops on several 
>> occasions.  They were growing on river birch (Betula nigra) stumps and 
>> logs (mid summer) an an area that was pretty much pure river birch. I did 
>> not find them in any other forest type environment.  Unfortunately,  I 
>> did not have time to ID these Gymnops but they were a redish or 
>> pinkish-orange color, had caps 1-2 inches in diameter  and had a distinct 
>> anslike odor.  They did not fit the descriptions of G. spectablis  (i.e. 
>> were too small and too red colored), but had other characteristics of the 
>> genera.  Are G. spectablis typically found in association with a 
>> particular tree species or forest habitat?  Is there a season when they 
>> are more prevalent?  I would appreciate any help I can get on this 
>> subject.  
>> David
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Hi David,
 I have in my collection here a species I believe to be Gymnopilus
aeruginosus. There were a number of them growing on dead and down
poplar trees in a riparian location. The trees were small and only
slightly decomposed. The caps when fresh were multi-hued but seem to
have lost this characteristic upon drying. Now they seem to present
only a rust-red coloration.

                                          Gary Williams
<williams at>

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