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Strobilomyces floccopus

Common Name: Old Man of the Woods

Synonyms: 

Substrate: Ground

Location: Hardwood Forests

Spore Color: Black

Pore Color: Whitish to Black

Comments: 

Fairly easily identifiable by the black pyramidal warts that are on the surface of the cap and the shaggy stem. If you look on the underside of the cap, there should be pores, putting it in the family of Boletes. It is also mycorrhizal, so it grows in association with many hardwoods, particularly oaks.

There is currently taxonomic research going on with these, so the actual species of Old Man of the Woods should be known fairly soon.

Lookalikes:  

Tylopilus alboater does not have a hairy cap surface and has pink pores.

Pictures:

Strobilomyces floccopus

9/19/12 - Griffey Woods - Bloomington, IN

Strobilomyces floccopus

9/30/12 - Morgan Monroe State Forest - Morgan County, IN

Strobilomyces floccopus

9/30/12 - Leonard Springs - Bloomington, IN

Strobilomyces floccopus

Strobilomyces floccopus

Strobilomyces floccopus

Strobilomyces floccopus

7/14/11 - Griffy Woods - Bloomington, IN 

Strobilomyces floccopus

9/24/12 - Paynetown SRA - Bloomington, IN

Strobilomyces floccopus

9/29/12 - Ross Hills Park - West Lafayette, IN