Observation 18346: Thelephora caryophyllea (Schaeff.) Pers.
When: 2008-12-06
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Found on ground in mossy areas with pine needle duff.

Probably not the best name for these, but I’m not sure how to put better names on these little guys.

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Somewhat zonate cap
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-02-14 15:21:28 CST (-0500)

These are making me a little confused too.
Thelephora caryophyllea is the one I know from Sweden, and I think this looks like the same.
Closely related, Thelephora regularis, is an american species which I haven’t been able to find pictures of, but it was originally described with a pale stem, up to an inch long, and a rather small cap, about half an inch. Hard to tell how limited the variations are.. Thelephora regularis and multipartita are sometimes synonymized.

I read that PNW Key Council is planning a key with 10 Thelephora-species, including both caryophyllea and regularis. Maybe that will sort things out eventually?

Thanks Irene, for adding your keen visual sensibilities to our CA collections …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-14 12:22:19 CST (-0500)

now it looks as if we’ll all be looking a bit harder at those darned earth fans, too! so, T. caryophyllea is a new one for me…you’ve identified two collections here on MO. Are the fans in this species sometimes zonate as well as solid colors?

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