Observation 193455: Agaricales sensu lato

When: 2013-07-14

Collection location: southern Adirondack Mts., New York, USA [Click for map]

43.3581° 73.9444° 360m

Who: Ed Harrison (Ed in Saratoga)

No specimen available

These fused objects are about 2 inches (5 cm) tall and growing on a stump on a stream bank. I checked this location several times in 2014 and have wandered the surrounding forest many times but found no trace of anything similar.

I’m not aware of any fungus whose mushrooms fuse together like these did, and they seem much larger than anything I can find in slime mold photos. There were similarly colored mushrooms growing a few inches away (on right in photos), but they bear little resemblance otherwise. Can anyone help in IDing these?


Unknown-6a 2013-7-14.jpg
Unknown-3a 2013-7-14.jpg
Unknown-2a 2013-7-14.jpg
Unknown-1a 2013-7-14.jpg

Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight: The larger group on the left. Possibly discolored due to age/weather.
21% (2)
Recognized by sight
55% (1)
Recognized by sight

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this is far too old
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2014-12-16 14:52:03 PST (-0800)

to be IDed

probably still the same thing
By: Jonathan M
2014-12-16 09:34:49 PST (-0800)

the left clump is the same thing but also water soaked (and for some reason the other one is not) giving it the inflated apparence.

Jonathan, the smaller group, on the right…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-12-15 06:59:53 PST (-0800)

looks to be old decayed gilled mushrooms. But the larger group looks different.

look like very old , mostly decayed gilled fungus remain
By: Jonathan M
2014-12-15 06:56:20 PST (-0800)
No gills, teeth, or pores evident
By: Ed Harrison (Ed in Saratoga)
2014-12-14 12:48:33 PST (-0800)

An underside shown in the last photo seems to be gelatinous much like the upper surface – no gills, teeth, or pores evident. I wonder if these are regular cap & stem mushrooms covered by a parasite or a slime mold. If so, what is the invader?

Except for the brown color…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-12-14 08:07:37 PST (-0800)

these remind me somewhat of Physalacria inflata obs 33417. Was there an observable fertile underside for these? Gills? Pores?

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