Since I have discovered only one specimen of this species in the past forty years, my picture of the Goldgills is a prized member of my collection of color slides. Surely, there are other species sites within Pittsylvania County; it is obvious that one amateur naturalist can only search limited areas within such a large county.
This is one of those mushrooms that may be classified with little doubt as to its identity; its unique characteristics are obvious. Strangely enough, here is a mushroom with the spores and structure similar to a bolete, yet the underside of the cap has gills. My favorite author David Arora in his book Mushrooms Demystified comments, “This evolutionary oddity is an adamant nonconformist.”
(Also see this photograph in larger format, and an index to other mushrooms.)
Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.