Observation 26696: “Gasteromycetes” Fr.

When: 2009-10-16

Collection location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Shane Marsh (Mushane)

No specimen available

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I don’t think so.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-17 23:53:55 PDT (-0700)

Cannot be Pisolithus, especially in the last photo: the peridium of Pisolithus is the first thing to weather away, not the last thing. The last remaining portion of Pisolithus should be the sterile base, if anything. In material I have been keeping track of for the past week, the top is already well-weathered, and even the bottom root-like structure is well-decayed, although the spore mass is still mostly in-tact.

This might be Pisolithus
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-10-17 17:57:36 PDT (-0700)

It Might be Pisolithus arrhizas especially the last pic, Perhaps the white powder may be due to the find sandy areas which has build up on the fungi or it might be possibly an older specimen and that is a mold growing on it. I have seen similar Pisolithus with a type of blue and white mold, Growing on them in older and decaying specimens. I have collected Pisolithus under conifers in waste area in the exact same mountains. I have frequently Collected this Species for medicinal uses.

Powdery insides
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-17 11:14:29 PDT (-0700)

is an important part of the equation: needs to be in the original description. That limits it to the peridium which can be seen in the last photo, which appears to be quite thick. The exoperidium does not appear to be at all orange or yellowish, which probably excludes Scleroderma for most species. That leaves Scleroderma geaster or one of the Geaster or Geastrum species. Would need some microscopy to eliminate those possibilities.

By: Shane Marsh (Mushane)
2009-10-16 23:29:36 PDT (-0700)

they all had a powdery insides, and they all seemed to be the same species.
def not Pisolithus arrhizus

60703 & 60704
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-16 23:26:31 PDT (-0700)

appear to be Pisolithus tinctorius (now deprecated). But photo 60705 appears to be an old Geaster or Geastrum: not the same thing at all. Photo 60705 has a powdery spore mass, while photos 60703 and 60704 appear to show a solid sporocarp with weathering peridium that looks brownish around the eroded areas.

Nice photo Shane
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-10-16 22:52:19 PDT (-0700)

not a clue what it is

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