Observation 53345: Mutinus elegans (Mont.) Fisch.
When: 2010-09-19
(45.803899° -77.139452° )
No herbarium specimen

Notes: In Zone 38 under jack pine, birch, and maple. They were already lying on their sides when I found them, and they appeared to be growing from a fallen log.

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By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-22 04:31:30 EDT (-0400)

is quite understandable. Make sure and check next time with a twig or something!

My field guide
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-21 16:03:32 EDT (-0400)

has a photo of M. elegans with only half the visible fruit-body covered by the slime, and the base is out of view behind stuff. It could easily be as little as here.

It does seem like the features are in some way intermediate between the two, though.

As for the business ends of these, there was thick brush just behind them so I couldn’t position the camera there, and I sure as hell didn’t want to handle these particular specimens.

By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-21 07:31:13 EDT (-0400)

I think the hole at the tip would be the most useful feature right now. I was going on the fact that the slime only seems to cover a small amount of the front, where as M. elegans usually covers 2/3 – 3/4 of the entire body.

The lower parts
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2010-09-20 12:59:10 EDT (-0400)

ARE pink, just quite pale pink. M. caninus has a more prominently distinct head according to my field guide.

By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-20 06:02:36 EDT (-0400)

they look more like Mutinus caninus, did they have a hole at the top or was it solid?

By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2010-09-20 06:00:14 EDT (-0400)

usually all pink. My guess is that they fell over and discolored because they were aging.

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