Observation 118014: Elaphocordyceps G.H. Sung & Spatafora
When: 2012-11-24
(41.3526° 70.7252° 67m)
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: It was coming through moss by a trail at a Land Bank preserve.

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46% (2)
Recognized by sight: by Bill Neill’s Cordyceps capitata
1% (2)
Recognized by sight: Shiny black head. Like Irene posted, micro-traits are required.

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Very nice
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-12-04 20:09:38 CET (+0100)

to see the spores!
E. longisegmentis is ruled out then. Could be capitata after all, although the tapering ends of the spores, and its “head” with a broad margin around the stem isn’t typical.

Spore segment lengths
By: Debbie Klein (dejaklein)
2012-12-04 19:06:40 CET (+0100)

vary but with the scale in the eyepiece and the scale on a slide I used for callibration, the spores I measured were typically 21.2 microns and some were smaller. Another one I measured was about 18 microns.

Spore segment lengths…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2012-12-04 18:47:42 CET (+0100)

appear to be too small for E. longisegmentis.

There’s also
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-11-26 17:46:19 CET (+0100)

the smallish valliformis, and maybe still some other undescribed species.
You should check the lenght of the spores to start with.

Beautiful specimen
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-11-26 15:17:29 CET (+0100)

and no doubt Elaphocordyceps, but there are other options than capitata, and making an ID without microscopy… I wouldn’t.

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