Collection location: Lebanon, Linn Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]
Really well rooted into the mossy floor, I can’t tell if it was also growing on decayed wood. Spongy and firm, no particular smell. Vein-ish surface. Sort of stem like where attached, but over all just flat and rolling outward. It was soft to the touch, and seriously resistant to damage when I picked it. The outer edges were a bit more lilac than they seem to me in these pictures. This is one of those that could easily be missed on a casual walk, that’s for sure.
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sorry for the confusion, Thelephora anthocephala comment wasn’t mean for this obs. rather it was what I knew I had seen before, and couldnt find that example. then I found it and posted it. Thank you for your suggestion!
but is pretty close. I’d go with Thelephora palmatus myself: common in our area, and form can easily look like this. Interesting that we’re both finding Thelephora so late in the season. Many Thelephora are found on sandy, rather poor soils. But the one I found yesterday at Paul Bishop’s was on good soils with plenty of humus.
I was just going back through some of my old pictures that didn’t turn out so well because this observation stuck in my head, some old bell ringing. But so far I haven’t found anything. This sure reminds me of something I have seen before. I would not have found this except it was nearly under my foot while looking at something else. It was well hidden.
I guess I deleted the fungus that this one reminded me of. Too bad.
that you have a lot of Thelephora species over there that I’m not familiar with. This could be the ordinary Thelephora terrestris, but I’m not willing to bet on it.
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