Sarcodon scabrosus

Sarcodon scabrosus (Fries) P. Karsten

Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Thelephorales
Family: Bankeraceae
Genus: Sarcodon
Species: scabrosus
Authority: (Fries) P. Karsten
Collection #: PLP847_2018_212
Locale: Dansville, MI

Figure 1: a) Picture showing habitat where this mushroom was found amongst Oak and beech trees with moss. b) Picture of the underside of the mushroom showing the blue-black stipe. c) A closer view of the distinctive toothed hymenium of S. scabrosus. d) Spores of this fungi are small and warty.  

     This mycorrhizal fungus is often found growing among hardwoods such as oak and beech trees, and coniferous trees such as pine. The distinctive toothed underside of the mushroom is where brown spores ranging from 5-7.5µm are released. Another characteristic trait is the brown to black hairy to scaly cap surface. This mushroom is quite bitter tasting and rather unpleasant. 
     Identifying this mushroom to species can be rather daunting as there are several similar looking species in this genus. S. scabrosus and S. imbricatus are easily confused with S. squamosus. Furthermore, there is debate on whether the North American species is the same as the European species. In Europe this fungi is commonly associated with Pine, whereas in North America it tends to be more associated with hardwood trees. 


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