Observation 195443: Helvella vespertina Nguyen & Vellinga

When: 2015-01-03

Collection location: Menlo Park, San Mateo Co, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: smc67

No specimen available

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29% (3)
Recognized by sight
80% (2)
Recognized by sight: The stipe is not brown enough to be H. dryophila, and it seems a little early too. Too bad host information isn’t available to confirm the ID.

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Not Brown Enough?
By: P. Hill (phill)
2015-01-04 06:42:53 GMT (+0000)

How does the following address anything about a brown stipe?

“Ascoma 35–85 mm high. Pileus 15–45 mm high,
21–55 mm diam, when young rounded with well
defined grooves (FIG. 1C), ages to irregularly lobed
and wrinkled, pinched in at apex, slightly ribbed in
some places, dark gray-black, rarely pale gray,
sometimes with some hints of brown, fused with stipe
in several places; apothecial surface light gray,
smooth. Stipe 35–75 3 10–20 mm, cylindrical to
distinctly widened in basal part, regularly to irregularly
grooved and lacunose, with anastamosing ribs,
off-white when young and often gray with age,
becoming yellowish ocher along the whole stipe, with
white mycelium at base (FIG. 1A, B)” p 1281

Do you not want to go with H. dryophila without seeing “becoming yellowish ocher” with age?

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