Observation 104515: Thelephora caryophyllea (Schaeff.) Pers.
When: 2012-08-07
No herbarium specimen

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Recognized by sight
Based on microscopic features: irregularly angular spores
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Recognized by sight: Quick internet search shows photos very similar to this obs.
Used references: Irene’s suggestion.

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So these things are mycorrhizal?
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-08-10 11:24:41 CDT (-0400)

I would not have geussed this!… since this fungus reminds me somewhat of a polypore.

There are no willow trees (Salix) in the area where I made the collection.

One online source I found did mention the existence of intermediate forms between T. caryophyllea and T. terrestris. So maybe this little rosette is a very intersting find? I have the dried material, if anyone is interested.

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By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-08-10 03:38:44 CDT (-0400)

can’t be ruled out, of course. I think this one looks like an intermediate between terrestris and caryophyllea..

Thelephora caryophyllea has been identified (or misidentified, another species?) in mycorrhiza with Salix too.

Looks like Thelephora caryophyllea…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-08-09 22:08:24 CDT (-0400)

is a widely distributed species. However, most reports list the habitat as “coniferous woods.” The specimen seen in this obs came from a primarily hardwood forest, mostly oak… a few hemlock saplings and maybe two or three small pines along a quarter mile south-facing ridge.

Interestingly, I did find one or two MO posts made under the name Thelephora caryophyllea that looked more like T. terrestris. Peterson guide (online) mentions the possibility of several Thelephora species that may resemble this one.

Peterson guide (online) gives spore dimensions consistent with this collection. Also, Peterson mentions the long spines such as the ones seen in this obs when the spore pic is zoomed. Looks like Thelephora caryophyllea is the best available fit for this obs.

I had not considered T. caryophyllea.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-08-09 16:52:42 CDT (-0400)

Just googled the name, and some of the phots look a lot like my specimen. I’ll need to do a little research on the distribution… later, when I get time.

As always, thanks Irene!

Did you consider
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-08-09 11:48:29 CDT (-0400)

Thelephora caryophyllea?

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