Observation 224306: Battarrea phalloides (Dicks.) Pers.

When: 2015-12-02

Collection location: Makena Beach State Park, Makena, Maui, Hawaii, USA [Click for map]

20.6342° -156.4518° 1m

Who: Zachary (ChefMazi)

No specimen available

This mushroom was the best specimen of a few that were trampled on Little Beach on the South Side of Maui, HI. I was absolutley mystified by the find, being that the cap was stranegly like styrofoam, the spores seemed to be dust coming from a dessicated cap, the stem was more like a dry stick, and the root popped off its base with a “ball-and-joint” configuration (the stem end being the ball). The stem is hollow, covered with long tendrils and scales and hair. Very odd specimen.

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Eye3 Eyes3
Used references: Posted the pictures on Fungi Magazine FB page; one reply led to MO entires that appear very similar.

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Created: 2015-12-02 18:04:40 PST (-0800)
Last modified: 2015-12-02 18:04:46 PST (-0800)
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