Observation 45790: Clitocybe sclerotoidea (Morse) H.E. Bigelow

When: 2010-05-24

Collection location: Banner Forest Heritage Park, Kitsap Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Peter Santerre

No specimen available

Growing cestipose in connifer duff. Might be tough, no spore print taken.


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C. sclerotoidea quite possible.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2010-05-25 14:49:54 CDT (-0400)

I find it in Clark County, WA often. Darvin is correct. The cut section of the bottom should yield a labyrinthine sclerototia of a parasitized Helvella lacunosa. By the time C. sclerotoidea fruits from it, the Helvella is largely unrecognizable. Parasitization of Helvella by C. sclerotoidea often while Helvella still underground in our area, although I’ve seen fully parasitized epigeous (above ground) Helvella rarely fruiting C. sclerotoidea too.

Cut the bottom
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2010-05-24 18:17:36 CDT (-0400)

If the ID is correct, the Helvella is the bottom round structure stuck in the bottle and the mushrooms are fruiting from it. If you cut it in half it should look like this

Clitocybe sclerotoidea
By: Peter Santerre
2010-05-24 16:24:44 CDT (-0400)

Interesting. Never heard of such a thing (growing from decomposing Helvella.) That mushroom is known in our parts, so it’s entirely possible. Although no Helvella were found in the vicinity that day, it was probably too far buried and/or decomposed to notice.

Any help is appreciated
By: Peter Santerre
2010-05-24 14:17:13 CDT (-0400)

Amature mycologist just trying to learn as much as possible :)

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