Notes: This is the second sighting this week of this rare lawn dweller. Alas, no photo, and somehow I threw out the collection that I made when I returned home from the winery… and despite tearing apart my trash cans, I haven’t been able to relocate it. Darn it. Two disparate locations in a handful of days no doubt means that it is up in many other places right now, too. Keep an eye out for it, and put up your obsies here on MO. Let’s see just where that mycelia lurks, waiting for that fruiting opportunity. Tis the season.
Original MO obsie: http://mushroomobserver.org/172202?q=27Cko
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put ’em up!
I may have seen them before and just assumed that they were something else. now, of course, Ill see them everywhere! It is odd that mine was the first photo record here though.
Definitely plenty of those here in our orchard, nearly through out the year when the fog is in favor. We also have them growing in our bamboo gardens.
spores a bit large for comptulus: 6 × 5, 6 × 4.5, 6 × 5, 7 × 6, 7 × 5. Was selecting for largest, darkest spores on my slide (just Giant Spores?). The entire cap collapsed due to fevered overnight maggot activity, so hard to tell if it was spore drop or just spore collapse!
Some uncolored spores were a good bit smaller. Still, the macro/timing/location is still a best fit to comptulus/comtulus.
Fred Stevens, our CA Agaricus expert, claims that it is rare in the BA, and a complete lack of MO obsies for this species, prior to last week, lends credence to that claim. Arora calls it “common.” Maybe folks just don’t pick those small white yellowing Agaricus from lawns, thinking that they are just barficus?
Now’s the time to look for these things in lawns, and document. Once you look hard, they are quite distinctive.
they got dumped in recycling with paper that I had lining my basket. Couldn’t reach the very bottom of the deep can, but did find one already spore producing cap in the upper layers of papers.
No camera at the event yesterday, and I inadvertently threw out my photo-worthy collection after I got home. BUT! I searched the bottom of my basket and found a lone, just starting to color the gills cap. It/I am attempting a spore print as I type, and I can photograph that, as well as any micro, when it’s done.
They looked and smelled just like the Yuba City collection from last week, if that’s any help, for now!
Yeah, I hate to put up an un-photo-backed obsie. But I do have morpho details, several witnesses, and god willing, some micro in a day or so.
Can’t win ’em all! :)
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