Collection location: near Castella, California, USA [Click for map]
This is the second time I’ve found this mushroom. Both times, it was growing on disturbed ground (hard packed old road, and power line maintenance road). Nearby trees are mainly fir, with a few scattered oaks and pines.
For some reason, I only find this species when the light is low. This area is mountainous, steep, and the sun gets blocked at about 3pm. We tried a big reflector, but there just wasn’t enought light. I moved them about 75 feet into an open area, where it was a bit brighter. We decided it would be dishonest to prop one up for an “in situ” photo. But I really wanted to do it.
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on your observation. Here’s a link to the single specimen I collected in the same area last December. http://mushroomobserver.org/154068?q=2KBfM
You should get ahold of Douglas Smith. Last year he was interested in dried specimens for a paper he’s working on regarding this mushroom.
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