Observation 32043: Helvella lacunosa group

When: 2009-12-19

Collection location: Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Natalie McNear

No specimen available

Found growing from the ground in a young Monterey/Bishop Pine forest. Mushroom was about 2" in height, and was found in groups at several different locations.

Proposed Names

59% (2)
Recognized by sight: + Hypomyces cervinigenus
87% (2)
Used references: H. lacunosa s.s. is not in North America
See Nguyen, Nhu H., et al. “The Helvella lacunosa species complex in western North America: cryptic species, misapplied names and parasites.” Mycologia 105.5 (2013): 1275-1286.
82% (1)
Recognized by sight: This is H. Vespertina being parasitized by Hypomyces cervinigenus, the white helvella mold. I know this is an old record, but I just happened to come across it and know for certain what it is.
Used references: California Mushrooms

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What evidence of H. vespertina vs H. dryophila?
By: P. Hill (phill)
2017-02-02 15:10:17 EST (-0500)

Doesn’t Point Reyes have both evergreens and oaks, so either is plausible.

The bright white of this specimen makes it look infected making it hard to separate to the two possible named species.

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