Calling all mushroom experts: What are these?

by Linda Hubbard on January 8, 2023

Menlo Park resident David Sowerwine noticed these mushrooms, which he describes as “Disneyesque fantasy ‘schroms”, popping up at the base of oak trees in his yard along with nestled next to his blueberry bushes.

Claiming to be “no mushroom expert,” he’s wondering if they might be King Boletes.

Any experts out there who might confirm — or correct?

Photos by David Sowerwine (c) 2o23


Chris macIntosh January 08, 2023 at 5:08 pm

Not king boletes. Too small, and these probably have gills. Take photos of cap, stem, and underside of cap and post to INaturalist.

Ed Avak January 08, 2023 at 9:48 pm

Search the web for pictures of armilaria melia which is what they look like to me.

Eleanor Raab January 08, 2023 at 8:05 pm

Hi there! It is hard to tell what they are without a photo of the underside/gills but I highly doubt that they are king boletes (or even boletes at all!).

The pore surface of a bolete looks like a sponge rather than gills 🙂

David Sowerwine January 09, 2023 at 2:39 pm

Underside indeed has gills.

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