Observation 44286: Gyromitra brunnea Underw.
When: 2010-04-13
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Found scattered in a group of three on and around a very large decomposing fallen Beech log. Moss covered and moss around the area. Beech/Maple surrounded by Hickory/Oak forest. Three where about 20 feet from each other. These are also known as G. brunnea in Roody. Bessette list it as G.fastigiata but also uses Helvella underwodii as a synonym. In Aurora, he list G. Underwoodii as synonyme.
Taken from three specimens .The average cap size is about 5 cm ruffled and wrinkly irregularly folded and deeply divided into uplifted wrinkled lobes,color caramel brown on top, underside light brown yellowish , flesh rubbery but crisp.
Stalk ribbed about 1 to 3 cm long, white chalky. The base is full of cottony white mycelium. Small portion dropped in .3ml of KOH turned KOH yellow orange in seconds becoming darkening over 30 min.
The First group of 4 pics are from a specimens growing directly on a decomposing beech log. found on southern exposed hill side upper hill side closer to ridge than in a valley.

Images

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First two images are taken down from the first 4 images. This was about 20 fee down in a more sunny area. The last two are above the bech long in also a more sunny area.
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First two images are taken down from the first 4 images. This was about 20 fee down in a more sunny area. The last two are above the bech long in also a more sunny area.
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First two images are taken down from the first 4 images. This was about 20 fee down in a more sunny area. The last two are above the bech long in also a more sunny area.
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First two images are taken down from the first 4 images. This was about 20 fee down in a more sunny area. The last two are above the bech long in also a more sunny area.

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Found growing on wood and next to decomposing wood.
Used references: Bessette. Mushrooms of Northeastern North America, page 474.
Roody. Mushroom of West Virgina and Central Appalachians, page 478
Based on chemical features: Turns KOH orange yellow.

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By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-04-13 20:48:09 CDT (-0400)

when i can play in the lab ill get some micro shots. Tried already to get some shots but they came out like well, #*&%. But I recall a 6 spored asci and thought it to be peculiar. Ill have a better look at it and take some deep breaths and slow down tomorrow. I ran out of time today its morel season you know.

You are right
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2010-04-13 14:34:33 CDT (-0400)

this looks very much like fastigiata (a european name, a rare species, originally found and described from Prag). If it really is the same as brunnea is another question.

(Krombholz had a weird detail in his description of fastigiata: 6-spored asci..?)

apparently
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2010-04-13 12:30:37 CDT (-0400)

G. brunnea and G.fastigiata and G underwoodii are one in the same. I used the name G.fastigiata for this observation but it depreciated to G. Korfii, That name is not listed in any of my field guides of the area. I’m much more comfortable using G. brunea for this observation.

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