Observation 605: Handkea subcretacea (Zeller) Kreisel
When: 1993-07-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: The date is only accurate to the month.
Identified by sight. Collected on a weekend trip up to the Sierra with Phil Carpenter and other friends from the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz.

Proposed Names

-25% (1)
Recognized by sight
57% (1)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight: I defer to Stephanie’s wisdom (with what I think is the right spelling and the genus I last heard was correct).

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Looking at this species again in that box
By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2014-01-16 19:04:53 PST (-0800)

I am looking again at this picture of puffballs in a box – randomly an internet search sent me here – and I think that it probably IS Calvatia sculpta.
If one was cut in half length-wise – that would certainly set this debate straight.
Lycoperdon subcretaceum (now what it is being called – thanks Larsson and Jeppson) does not have a subgleba.
Calvatia sculpta has a large subgleba – almost stipitate.

Low rated images…
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2010-02-15 19:43:37 PST (-0800)

…don’t get sent to the Encyclopedia of Life. This image is too confusing to go there. Ideally I’d add a “Don’t Export” option like for the descriptions, but I haven’t gotten a chance to get back into that code.

Hey Nathan
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-06-11 04:42:49 PDT (-0700)

Why did you give your own reasonable-quality photo a rating of “Low”?

Cool photo!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2009-06-11 00:47:24 PDT (-0700)
The usual, I expect.
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-06-10 17:20:21 PDT (-0700)

Mushroom Genus Musical Chairs. The inevitable outgrowth of “publish or perish” as applied to a field that is currently 90% taxonomy, though a growing percentage does seem to be ecological, DNA, or bioremediation/other-practical-apps research these days, so maybe the music will stop for good someday soon. :)

What’s the deal with subcretacea???
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2009-06-10 15:17:02 PDT (-0700)

I just checked Species Fungorum and they have Gastropila subcretacea as the ‘current’ name. I was just getting used to Handkea. What’s the story here?

Looks like subcretaceae
By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2009-06-10 13:39:08 PDT (-0700)

Just from appearance…this puffball looks like Calvatia subcretaceae….but I would have to look at all tissue types to confirm.

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