Observation 200086: Elaphomyces muricatus Fr.
When: 2015-03-01
Collection location: Sitka, Alaska, USA [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Tuffle found in coniferous forest with spruce Picea sitchensis and western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

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43% (3)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight
30% (2)
Recognized by sight: Strange reticulate outer surface. I’m not able to see marbled peridium section for E. muricatus. E. granulatus?

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fabulous in situ shot!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2015-03-04 09:01:06 PST (-0800)
Once again
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-03-04 08:58:12 PST (-0800)

a better name for this would be Elaphomyces muricatus complex, since spores are not provided. This obs. has tiny clumps of spores embedded in the peridium.

There are many Elaphomyces in the world, and it is difficult to separate them without microscopy. I think it safe to call this obs. and your other obs. (200087?) different species, based only on the size of the spore clusters within the peridium. Tsuga heterophylla may have a different cluster of species than Picea does, but it would be difficult to separate them based solely on host species.

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