Observation 105997: Bovista Pers.

When: 2012-08-19

Collection location: The West Woods, Geauga Co., Ohio, USA [Click for map]

Who: John (Cooper)

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Most Elaphomyces are hypogeous.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-08-20 00:10:30 CDT (-0400)

I don’t believe this is an Elaphomyces: it lacks the abundant rhizomorphs which tend to form a coccoon around most Elaphomyces species; plus it lacks the thick peridium (outer shell) which is so essential in Elaphomyces.

Were there any trees nearby? Or was this found in a kind of waste area? Were there any conifers nearby?

This really looks to me like an Endoptychum, but lacks the large distinctive scales on the peridium, common to most genera in that species.

Photos of spores would help. Most Endoptychum have brown spores when mature, as this collection seems to have. This collection also seems to have something resembling a central stipe or columella, which is also common to Endoptychum.

Created: 2012-08-19 15:49:03 CDT (-0400)
Last modified: 2012-08-20 20:23:57 CDT (-0400)
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