Observation 177483: Ramaria gracilis (Pers.) Quél.
When: 2014-08-27
(46.3611° 13.7113° 560m)

Notes: Code: Bot_829/2014_DSC3332

Habitat: conifer wood, river bank, in transition slope between two alluvial terraces, calcareous ground, overgrown river deposits, sand and gravel, in shade, humid place, under Picea abies, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, elevation 560 m (1.850 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: among mosses on organic litter on soil.

Place: Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, left bank of river Soča, across to farmhouse Housner, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

Comments: Ramaria gracilis seems to be quite a rare find in Slovenia. Only a few records are in the Slovenian ’Boletus Informaticus myco-data base. Literature states the same for other European countries. The species was extinct from Netherlands already in 1900 (Ref.:2). Growing in rows of more than 10 sporocarps; sporocarps up to 6 cm tall and 3.5-4.5 cm wide; stipe up to 7 mm thick; smell pleasant, on sweets, cakes, anise; taste mild, pleasant, mushroomy; SP abundant, yellowish with slight green tin (oac5) when fresh and when dry pale ocher, oac813; fresh sporocarps white, dry sporocarps light ocher, oac855; 5% KOH reaction on trama orange-brown, oac805.

Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8 and Canon G11, 6.1-30mm/f2.8-4.5

Proposed Names

85% (1)
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Recognized by sight: White, gracile, characteristic smell.
Used references: (1) S. Buczacki, Collins Fungi Guide, Collins (2012), p 464.
(2) G.J. Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Baden-Württembergs, Band 2., Ulmer (2000), p 79.
(3) J. Breitenbach, F. Kraenzlin, Eds., Fungi of Switzerland, vol.2.,Verlag Mykologia (1986), p 366.
(4) E. Shield, Was ist Ramaria aurea und Ramaria flava, Z. Mykol. Vol. 44, No. 2, (1978), pp 171-178.
Based on microscopic features: Spores unregularly warty. Dimensions: 5,9 [6,4 ; 6,6] 7,1 × 3,3 [3,5 ; 3,6] 3,9 microns; Q = 1,6 [1,8] 2; N = 45; C = 95%; Me = 6,5 × 3,6 microns. Olympus CH20, NEA 100x/1.25, magnification 1.000 x, oil, in water. AmScope MA500 digital camera.
Based on chemical features: Smell pleasant, on sweets, cakes, anise; taste mild, pleasant, mushroomy.

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