Observation 120377: Helvellaceae Fr.
When: 2012-12-18
No herbarium specimen


It was getting dark, and I was having a hard time getting a good shot on this fungus, so I dislodged a bloom, and brought it home in a baggie.

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Recognized by sight: There is more then one species in this group in the area, what trees nearby may help, but I think this is a good name till the cryptic species are properly described.

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douglas fir
By: Laurel (algoressister)
2012-12-26 11:13:55 PST (-0800)

There is quite a mixture of the Lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and Hemlock.

It has been a while
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-12-19 11:02:47 PST (-0800)

since I was in North Bend. I remember lots of Douglas-fir, but I don’t place Horsfall Beach. Will have to check the map.

In the sand dune areas around Florence, lots of Douglas-fir mixed in with Lodgepole. Seems to be part of the progression of sand dune colonization along the Oregon coast. Maybe elsewhere too. Douglas-fir and Western hemlock get going shortly after there is enough added humus to stabilize the surface of the sand.

?Douglas fir
By: Laurel (algoressister)
2012-12-19 05:26:27 PST (-0800)

There is plenty of lodge pole pine… I will have to look to see if there is any Douglas Fir, mixed in there… There are elsewhere.
I saw this next to the Horsfall Beach road, stopped, and backed up. I think I spend more time looking next to the road, sometimes, than at the road when I am driving… lol

By far the most common Helvella at this time of year
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-12-18 18:08:54 PST (-0800)

is Helvella lacunosa, associated with Douglas-fir. There are minor quantities of other species, but the predominant species is H. lacunosa: cap gray to black; deeply fluted stipe.

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