Observation 159634: Hohenbuehelia petaloides group

When: 2014-02-13

Collection location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

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my problem
By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2014-02-14 01:57:55 EST (-0500)

My problem is that I don’t always snap photos of everything I find. When I see something all the time I just figure it is too common and nothing worth really noting/spamming up the feed with. Who wants to see a thousand posts about Panaeolina foenisecii, we all know they are fruiting in lawns if there has been rain or recent waterings :p
This is a bad habit of mine that has grown on me over the years of hunting.

When I saw these I was thinking “Eh, petaloides, common, nothing exciting”. But since the season has been so dry, almost every mushroom is a big deal to me at this point lol

Good to know that even something that I see all the time as a common mushroom, might be seen as uncommon to someone else. Hearing this alone, I may very well be able to break this bad habit. :)

Part of the problem
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-02-14 00:40:29 EST (-0500)

is that I don’t collect in woodchips very often.

I also have never collected in Lompico or Brookdale (although both of those areas look awesome) at all, and rarely in Capitola.

Mycorrhizal things tend to grab me first.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2014-02-13 23:55:37 EST (-0500)

You are totally right about the abundance of A.putaminum in Aptos!

I find H. petaloides all over the county though… Felton, Brookdale, Boulder Creek, Lompico, Downtown Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola… All over.

By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-02-13 23:32:56 EST (-0500)

I find that if woodchip piles can be totally different in terms of their flora from one part of the county to another.

For example around Aptos, I found one that had tons of Agrocybe putaminum, which in my experience is rare to uncommon in the rest of the county.

Are the piles you are finding this on all in the same general area?

I’ve only seen it once in this county, in Watsonville.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2014-02-13 23:27:11 EST (-0500)

I find these all the time in woodchip beds, and there were like 100+ specimens on this pile of woodchips.

Good find!
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2014-02-13 22:40:41 EST (-0500)

Not common here.

Created: 2014-02-13 20:16:11 EST (-0500)
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