Observation 164404: “Gasteromycetes” Fr.
When: 2014-04-29
Collection location: Washington, USA [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

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Recognized by sight: a puffball base of some genus
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Notes PII
By: lightworkerpeace (gsharpnolack)
2014-05-01 04:42:56 PDT (-0700)

The best way to explain phototropism is to say “it grows towards light (including sunlight and anthropogenic electric light).”

Please skim or review: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phototropism

Forest floor fungi do need a gaseous atmosphere, but I don’t think that this collection’s stipe bending is a result of shifting toward air or because of wind currents. I think it’s a result of both shade from tall grass and a slightly lower elevation in the immediate area where the collection was growing, along with a phototropic response to grow toward the sun.

GALL Alain, hi. Cool link!

2014-04-30 22:54:09 PDT (-0700)

The cap seems to have been eaten, and the stip damaging by slugs or other. The “root” is normal for Collybia Distorsa, see: http://www.naturamediterraneo.com/....

RE: Notes
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-04-30 21:13:00 PDT (-0700)

(obviously not gsharp ;) I too have noticed Agrocybe praecox in my lawn, associated with wood sawdust, but not wood. Nearby, a deeper patch of wood sawdust was colonized by something else, but no A.p.

Phototropic? Fear of light? I presumed (perhaps wrongly) that the fungus was searching out air and a clear fruiting area. Is that wrong?

I also assumed (wrongly again?) the bend of the stipe was a detour to open air. Was it?

“…part of several specimens growing tightly compacted…) – would have loved to have seen that documented by photograph. May be important.

I’ve not seen puffballs with this extended stipe before.

By: lightworkerpeace (gsharpnolack)
2014-04-30 18:15:59 PDT (-0700)

Daniel, this collection was found in a lawn near a watershed. It is protected land and barely anyone can walk on this lawn. Deer droppings were scattered throughout the lawn, as well as signs of wood chip debris underneath the lawn (i.e. the presence of the wood-loving, saprophytic species Agrocybe praecox). In some limited areas, there was straw. Perhaps that straw was part of a layer applied to the entire site before the soil and lawn (or sod) layer was applied.

As you probably know, some fungi are phototropic and this species may be one of ’em, enducing a bend in the stipe.

This specimen was part of several specimens growing tightly compacted (maybe 6-8 or more specimens were enjoined). I believe there was a slight dip or hole in the ground where they were.

Byrain, for my privacy and the privacy of the patches and trails I study, I have decided to use “USA, Washington” as the collection location of my work.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-04-30 13:20:45 PDT (-0700)

appears to be bent. Was there anything in the lawn that would cause this? Wood, perhaps?

Please update the collection location with that info.
By: Byrain
2014-04-30 12:36:53 PDT (-0700)


By: lightworkerpeace (gsharpnolack)
2014-04-30 12:28:06 PDT (-0700)

Maple Valley in King County

Could we at least have a county, lightworkerpeace?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2014-04-30 11:52:59 PDT (-0700)

What appears in a lawn in Spokane might be quite different from one that appeared in Aberdeen.

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