Observation 102607: Calocera cornea (Batsch) Fr.

When: 2012-07-23

Collection location: Dam No. 4 Woods-East, Park Ridge, Illinois, USA [Click for map]

Who: Rocky Houghtby

No specimen available

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Used references: Thinker
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Used references: Arora, Mushrooms Demystified, p. 639 under C. laeticolor. Said to be rare and widely-distributed, “…striking blood-red to orange or pinkish-orange species…”

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By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-25 08:43:34 PDT (-0700)

do you believe these were dried out? Certainly they would have dried quickly this year. But degrading wood holds water very well, which is why it is possible to wring water out of well-degraded wood.

Rocky, were these viscid?
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-07-25 08:38:57 PDT (-0700)
Thanks for adding the additional photo.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-25 08:37:36 PDT (-0700)

Why do you think it is “bad”? Are the colors true? Was the general color white, red, yellow, scarlet or some other color?

about those red brown colors.
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-07-25 08:35:18 PDT (-0700)

“…..up to 2.0cm high, variable in shape, simple, subulate [awl-shaped], cylindric, or cylindric-attenuate, or forked and simply branched, occasionally palmate or short-stemmed with a folded or wrinkled cap, consistency firm-gelatinous, usually not distinctly rooted, but occasionally with a slightly bulbous base; yellow to orange-yellow when fresh, drying red-brown, (McNabb)….”

Just checked MO for C. cornea
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-25 08:23:05 PDT (-0700)

and it seems to me that several obs. do not look yellow at all.

Sorry folks!
By: Rocky Houghtby
2012-07-24 22:01:32 PDT (-0700)

I didnt realize this obs would generate any interest or I wouldve recorded some features for you. I added a bad photo that might have some taxonomic value. The fruits were pretty small… certainly less than 2cm tall.

I do not see Calocera here.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-24 21:26:24 PDT (-0700)

Arora in Mushrooms Demystified notes under Calocera viscosa, p. 675, that C. cornea is “smaller (up to 15 mm high), yellow, and clublike or very sparingly branched; it grows in groups or clusters on twigs and branches of both hardwoods and conifers.” This does not appear clustered, on twigs or branches, and definately is not yellow.

By: Rocky Houghtby
2012-07-24 12:59:13 PDT (-0700)

For neglecting to include habitat info. Well decayed hardwood.

Multiple cracks in substrate
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-24 11:39:15 PDT (-0700)

suggest well-degraded wood to me Walt.

Neat find!
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-07-24 11:37:58 PDT (-0700)

One of the rarely found species, I believe.

On wood or soil?
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2012-07-24 10:53:20 PDT (-0700)

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