Observation 141166: Thelephora vialis Schwein.

When: 2013-07-27

Collection location: Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Hamilton (ham)

No specimen available

Growing from soil in oak, maple, tulip poplar woods mostly.

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After looking at obs. on MO
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-07-28 12:57:21 CDT (-0500)

conclude this is likely young Thelephora vialis. Eliminating my suggestion of Thelephora. I’m curious about Amanita virosa’s reasoning that Thelephora would be “not likely” but find Thelephora vialis “promising”.

Does not look
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2013-07-27 23:29:24 CDT (-0500)

like T. terrestris or T. palmata, two of the most common species. Might be T. vialis as vjp suggests, but have very little to go on for identification. Arora says of it: “…of eastern North America is a terrestrial species with a larger fruiting body and a fetid odor in age, and smaller spores…” and “…T. vialis of eastern North America is more variable in color and has smaller spores.”

At least 17 species are known. How many of these are found in America is not documented that I can find. I found one that Dr. James Trappe identified as T. terrestris mainly because I found in growing in a sand bank along the Columbia River, and its association with Douglas-fir. T. terrestris is an easy mycorrhizal fungus to cultivate with conifers.

Created: 2013-07-27 20:26:40 CDT (-0500)
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