Observation 25423: Elaphocordyceps ophioglossoides (Ehrh.) G.H. Sung, J.M. Sung & Spatafora
When: 2009-09-17
Collection location: Maine, USA [Click for map]
No herbarium specimen

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Neat photos, Herbert!
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-09-17 09:41:03 CDT (-0500)

Shows everything that needs to be shown: rhizomorphic attachment at base of Elaphocordyceps, plus photo of host Elaphomyces muricatus, showing the distinctive mummification of the gleba (interior). Even so, the fungus can still be possitively identified from unaffected sporules in the thick peridium. There is some suggestion that there could be many species in both the E. granulatus and E. muricatus groups. I personally found a distinctive Elaphomyces in the Columbia Gorge that had both red and green spores under 100x: not unlike a curious color-blindness test! Had I looked at only the macroscopic characteristics, that feature would remain unknown.

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