Collection location: Butterbredt Spring, Kern Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Who: Thea Chesney (thea)
These were abundant in the wash above the spring, about 15-20 meters up from the Salix and Populus growing around the spring. None were visible at the surface except as cracks in the soil around the Ericameria (rabbitbrush). Soil was moist 2-4 cm below surface, where these were growing. They were in small groups over maybe a 10×10m area, possibly more widespread but I quit looking after I had 25 specimens in 5 minutes of digging!
Two fruitbodies had split open into Sarcosphaera-like rays, all below ground. A few had multiple openings, but all had at least one pore. All had a densely tomentose exterior, which incorporated and clung to the sandy/silty soil. Some had mats of the tomentum which hung loosely from them or remained in the soil. Size ranged from 1.5×2.5 cm to 3×4.5 cm. No distinct odor, even after they ripened for a few days.
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