Observation 118218: Battarrea phalloides (Dicks.) Pers.

When: 2012-11-02

Collection location: Portales, New Mexico, USA [Click for map]

34.1807° -103.3793° 1222m

Who: Lisa Reichert (Lisa R)

No specimen available

About 25-30 specimens were found roughly toward the borders of small bare field. Area may have been cultivated at one time, but not in last decade at least. A grass fire had swept the area in 2010, i think.

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By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2012-11-30 22:01:36 CST (-0600)

Nice observation. Adam Searcy may be interested in this, as he is now compiler of all xeric fungi, AKA Sandy Bastards.

say what?
By: Lisa Reichert (Lisa R)
2012-11-30 17:30:14 CST (-0600)

yeah, the skin comes off… You say it with more enthusiasm, for sure. Thanks for the gilding! :-D

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-11-30 05:40:16 CST (-0600)

is precisely what they do. when we want to be overly technical, we call it ‘dehiscing’ — the gradual shedding of an exoperidium (or circumscissile dehiscence in the case of bird’s nest fungi) — but that’s just gilding the terminological rose.

added photo
By: Lisa Reichert (Lisa R)
2012-11-29 12:45:58 CST (-0600)

Several younger specimens—one photo just uploaded. I have no mushroom knowledge, but based on my photos of the younger/shorter specimens, it seems like the cap cover was sloughing off very soon after breaking the soil surface, and then the stem continued to grow and get shaggier.

We have had drought conditions for over two years. Most recent precipitation before to the date of this sighting was about one month prior, and it was a significant rain.

Thanks for comments. I was thrilled with the odd existence of these tall mushrooms in my barren, dry environment :-)

By: Glen van Niekerk (primordius)
2012-11-29 03:00:26 CST (-0600)

This is very nice. Nice find!
Did they appear after rain? Did you find any younger specimens?

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2012-11-29 02:10:31 CST (-0600)

More New Mexico observations! She’s a terribly under-surveyed state, but with so much potential.

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