Notes: the potential host tree is what made this sighting interesting. It was under a cultivated conifer that I didn’t recognize, with dramatically pale green needles. I included a photo of its needles and cone, in case there is a botanist/arborist in the house! This was fruiting directly under this conifer, along with several other mushroom species. No other mushrooms present in the general area, or under the distant oak itself.
Although there was a small (OK, maybe not so small, just compared to the redwoods on either side of it!) live oak in the area, it was quite far away…I paced off 85 feet from this sighting to the oak tree base.
New host for an old nemesis?
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I did dig up as much of the mycelium as I could, but awkwardly, since I was after all in a very public graveyard. In fact, the tip of my heavy metal trowel broke off as I did so! Don’t wanna go there…
This phalloides was sent to Ben Wolfe at Harvard for MR analysis, but he was in the final stages of his PhD and it may have fallen by the wayside.
I know where it lives, though…
I agree with your second idea, Christian: this is probably Cedrus atlantica ‘glauca’ based on the noted pale foliage and the relative shortness of the needles. Cedrus deodara tends to have longer needles and I don’t know of a glaucous cultivar. Both species are commonly planted all over northern CA, sometimes together.
I’ve found a Paxillus and Hebeloma crustiliniforme growing with one or both species in Berkeley. Amanita muscaria loves some Deodars on the Berkeley campus.
In any case, cool/disturbing find!
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