Observation 186828: Basidiomycota R.T. Moore

When: 2014-10-31

Collection location: Ventura Park, Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Found this unusual sporocarp on top of the ground (epigeous) where it had apparently been dropped by a squirrel. I believe it may have been fruiting underground nearby, but was dropped by the animal. Found near a Colorado Blue spruce, and believe that was the host tree as well.

The peridium is brown and rubbery, with tooth marks. The gleba was a surprise: dark chocolate black, soggy, with no apparent locules. Brought the sporocarp home with me, and am drying at this time.

No apparent odor, or slightly of tar. Very interested in what this could be.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Peridium lacks venae externae; therefore likely to be a basidiomycete.

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By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-12-05 13:15:47 CST (-0500)

has no venae externae. Tuberales sensu lato unlikely at best.

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