Observation 217268: Fistulina hepatica group

When: 2015-09-26

Collection location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA [Click for map]

Who: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)

No specimen available

This on the ID table at the NAMA foray in Asheville, NC, collected by Bill Sheehan. I apologize to the collector; this is rightly his observation. The fruit body was said to be growing in rotted wood at the base of the stump. Note the coralloid form below ground and the immediate formation of a bracket when exposed to light.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: Fuscha color. A species described from Morelos, Mexico.

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Thanks Alan
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2015-09-30 20:17:27 -05 (-0500)

I examined the tubes under a binocular microscope – quite amazing to see them for the first time. I don’t clearly remember whether there was space between the tubes, but I think there was. Unfortunately, the fruit body disappeared about noon on Saturday and I don’t know where it went. The label indicates that a DNA sample was taken, so if your speculation is correct, we have a new northern limit for the species – by far. I imagine that F. hepatica is well documented on GenBank. Hope for the best!

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