|Leathery-veiled Bolete - Paragyrodon sphaerosporus|
I knew I had found something unique, the thick veil covering the underside of the cap was unusual, and every part of it stained reddish brown when cut. I figured it would be easy to identify. But I was wrong. I consulted three field guides and didn't find anything that matched this mushroom. I finally identified it after a lucky search on the Mushroom Expert website. Not only is it unique in its appearance, but it is mostly rare outside of the Great Lakes region, the only mushroom to be so that I know of (but there's still a lot for me know about mushrooms).
In the next picture you'll see a reddish brown section of the cap that I cut away this moring, and right next to it, a section I cut away just before the picture was taken this evening.
If you'd like more information, please go to the excellent Mushroom Expert webiste, or to Tom Volk's also excellent website (the common name I used in the titled is taken from his site)