Observation 15381: Austrobasidium pehueldeni Palfner
When: 2008-12-07
No herbarium specimen

Notes: This was growing on a vine in a very wet Nothofagus forest. Lovely fragrance. Looks like a deadmans fingers but is very soft and fragile, more remniscent of Morchella actually. Bizarre.

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Recognized by sight
Used references: Palfner. 2006. Austrobasidium, a new gall-forming genus of Exobasidiaceae (Exobasidiales,Basidiomycota) on Hydrangea serratifolia from Chile. Australian Systematic Botany 19:431–436

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Austrobasidium pehueldeni Palfner
By: Pablo Sandoval (agropablo)
2009-05-18 07:25:38 AEST (+1000)

The pictures show the galls that Austrobasidium pehueldeni cause on Hydrangea serratifolia stems

Sorry for my english


I believe you. Really weird, tho.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-16 07:50:43 AEDT (+1100)
No drying on this extended trip…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-12-16 04:41:29 AEDT (+1100)

Alas, drying fungi is beyond my meager means on this hybrid bicycling-hiking tour of Patagonia. Let me assure people that at 20x under a hand lens I could clearly see perithecia lining the surface. I would say definitely not insect or plant. The fragrance, moreover, was clearly fungal.

did you dry some?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-16 02:18:59 AEDT (+1100)

looks like an excellant candidate for a stint under the microscope…somehow doesn’t really seem fungal to me, either…

Gorgeous photos!
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-15 19:21:11 AEDT (+1100)

The structure reminds more of plant tissue (inside like the flesh in fruits) than of fungi. Could it be insect galls?

looks kinda like a
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-12-15 09:22:20 AEDT (+1100)

Podostroma alutacea though I can’t say the lovely fragrance is typical… Very well may be other species in Chile!

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