Cap, gills and stipe orange- cinnamon brown
Mature specimens- uplifted margin
Odor- maple syrup
Cap: red-maroon, convex, depressed in age, margin irregular
Gills: white-light yellow, adnate
Stalk: pink, even-tapered at base
Pushing humus up with its large white cap, growing under conifers by TESC dorms.
Found scattered in humus.
Learned "Turkey Tails" is a large catch phrase for this genus.
VERY potent pineapple smell upon discovery. Tasted like pineapple candy/cake! (Edibility unknown, I spit out all that I tasted!) Upon bringing it home and placing it in the refrigerator, it began to give off a very strong smell that resembled souring dairy. The smell became more sour as it dried. I brought it in to the lab the next morning in attempt to identify it, and according to matchmaker and David Aurora's Mushrooms Demystified, this is called Leucogaster odoratus!
The Russulales are an order of the Agaricomycetes, (which include the agaric genera Russula and Lactarius and their polyporoid and corticioid relatives). According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the order consists of 12 families, 80 genera, and 1767 species.