First discovered by Stephen Pollock outside of Tampa, FL, in 1977. Wanting to avoid a “boring mycological conference”, Pollock decided to go check out some pastures nearby his hotel. Little did he know, he’d discover the illusive species we all know and love today. Tampanensis is the true philosophers stone. Capable of producing sclerotia, also commonly known as truffles, tampanensis are one of the rarest species on earth to find in the wild. Since the first discovery in 1977, the species has been recorded only once, and that was in the state of Mississippi. Every culture being passed around today is off that initial specimen by Pollock.