Notes: Growing cestipose in connifer duff. Might be tough, no spore print taken.
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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.
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.
Amature mycologist just trying to learn as much as possible :)
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