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Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia.
    #2891145 - 07/14/04 09:12 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

It's big (12cm across the cap), it grows solo, and it's full of little white worms. It has a deep thick stalk through packed, moist mud on the bank of a pond, which is woody and yellow inside and tough to break off. The cap has yellow, wet, soft rubbery flesh which turns dark blue so fast that i cannot photo the yellow colour. Amazing to see such a fast colour change. The yellow in the photo i think is preserved due to snail slime. No distinct odour. I'm trying to make a spore print. The gills have a texture like very fine orange peel and are yellow to blue in colour.



Here you can see the yellow and dark blue colours - achieved with a little help. (My gfriend kindly sliced the fungus while i shot it.) The reaction from yellow to blue is less than 3/4 of a second. The holes are worm holes(~1mm in diameter) and the gills are visible in the lower fragment.



Any suggestions? I just find the intense bluing amazing.
I also just got back from the outback. Shot some mushrooms out there. Only found one in the dry desert. It looked like a poor dried out puffball on a stick near some roo poo. Pics later. Plus heaps of nice weird looking fungi from Kaniva.


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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: benzene]
    #2891157 - 07/14/04 09:16 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Gills You say?


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Re: gills [Re: ivi]
    #2891165 - 07/14/04 09:20 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah - profile (Sliced through.) The dark wet looking stuff facing the bottom left of the shot. I'm not a mycologist, but if this spore distributing flesh is called something else once that dense then please advise. The texture from straight on is too fine to capture with the camera.


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Re: gills [Re: benzene]
    #2891174 - 07/14/04 09:24 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Gills:



Pores:




Your mushroom looks like some kind of Bolete to me in those pictures...
If it has pores then it is one of the Boletus species.
I'm not sure which one though. Grows in Melbourne area, Australia, yellow flesh, strong bluing reaction.. hmmmm..

It's definately not active, if that's what is bugging Your mind :smirk:


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    #2891205 - 07/14/04 09:36 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Thanks for the terminology :smile:
Ok i managed to take a photo through a hand lens.  Here are the pores through a 10x mag hand lens.  I was stoked at the outcome.



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Re: pores [Re: ivi]
    #2891219 - 07/14/04 09:42 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Once again through a 10x hand lens, only profile. So the thickness of the pores/gills is 3mm at max.



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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: benzene]
    #2891224 - 07/14/04 09:46 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Boletus erythropus or something similar.

http://www.awl.ch/pilze/pilz_dateien/boletus_erythropus/

Non active, some similar species are poisonous.


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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: Anno]
    #2891239 - 07/14/04 09:51 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah - when i first saw the pores i thought it was a boletus species, but they are not as spongey in apperance as all the others i have in my "field guide." I wasn't worried if it was active - there are plenty of those around as well. I was mainly curious as to what caused it to turn such an intense blue colour and so fast. (Something oxidising no doubt, but does anyone know of other, non-active chemicals in fungi that behave as such?)


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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: Anno]
    #2891249 - 07/14/04 09:55 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Boletus erythropus=Boletus luridiformis?


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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: ivi]
    #2891272 - 07/14/04 10:05 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yes.

But as I said, it might be a different species, the picture and the description is not good enough to say for sure.


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Re: Intense bluing mushroom identify? Melb. Australia. [Re: benzene]
    #2891278 - 07/14/04 10:08 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

>I was mainly curious as to what caused it to turn such an intense blue colour and so fast

"complex hydroquinones which air oxidize to quinones"


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