Observation 62548: Poronia Willd.

When: 2011-01-20

Collection location: Western Ghats, India [Click for map]

Who: ranjini

No specimen available

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Used references: Los Hongos de El Eden, Gaston Guzman

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I’m hoping
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-03-02 00:48:15 CST (-0600)

to get back up in the mountains by April, I will definitely collect specimens for shipping if I find anything remotely like this.

By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-03-01 18:44:49 CST (-0600)

These must be immature because they do not show the perithecia.
Here is a mature specimen of Poronia:

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2011-03-01 16:50:16 CST (-0600)

But no spaces between the exclamation marks and the link.

Noah sez:
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-03-01 13:36:56 CST (-0600)

Type it like this:

! link !

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-03-01 13:32:12 CST (-0600)

care to explain, Noah?

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-03-01 12:40:14 CST (-0600)

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2011-03-01 12:16:38 CST (-0600)

an image hoster and a link is the only way I know of. I don’t think we can embed images.

SC Jong, Mycologia 1969
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-03-01 12:01:30 CST (-0600)

Has an illustration – how do I post a PNG in the comment?

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-03-01 11:41:38 CST (-0600)

looks like you got it!
Here is one from FL (on shroomery, cow pattie hunters…)

A description from Brazil

and if you have access
see what is in Dennis, R. W. G. 1957. Notes on tropical
American Xylariaceae.

amazing that this is in the Xylariacea!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-01 11:31:02 CST (-0600)

Wish that you took a photo of the undersurface of its cap, but it does appear to be a Poronia, one of the stipitate members of that group that grow on dung. Here are details for this genus from an online Xylariacea key to genera:


I can’t speak
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-03-01 11:18:24 CST (-0600)

for ranjini, nor can I say whether we collected the same thing (although judging by the similarities and the corresponding locations, I think it’s safe to assume they are at least close relatives), but the specimens I collected had pores on the underside of the caps.

The species illustrated by Guzman
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-03-01 11:10:17 CST (-0600)

has a very long, dark stipe, with no swollen fertile surface like the common ones shown when you do a google search.

Here’s the ones I found:
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-02-09 05:15:06 CST (-0600)

sadly I didn’t take more pictures. I have specimens in Atlanta but am currently in Kerala.


By: Jonathan M
2011-01-23 19:12:42 CST (-0600)

the Pore make that specimen extremely interesting, nice find!

Though the stipe
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-01-23 18:42:20 CST (-0600)

looks like a Sclerotinia, everything I’m reading on the genus makes them seem like plant pathogens which aren’t mushroomlike at all. I’ve found these as well and they are not cup fungi – they have pores on the undersides of convex caps.

Also, they were growing on dung [when I found them, at least].

I unfortunately didn’t take enough pictures to be of much use to identify them, but if I see them again I will.

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2011-01-20 01:49:00 CST (-0600)
a Sclerotinia species.
same as
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2011-01-20 00:56:25 CST (-0600)
I found these
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-01-20 00:34:44 CST (-0600)

in Kerala, although I was unable to successfully identify them.

It was found growing on elephant dung. Thanks for the id!
By: ranjini
2011-01-20 00:30:29 CST (-0600)

It was found growing on elephant dung. Thanks for the id!

were these
By: Milo (Mycophiliac)
2011-01-19 23:39:04 CST (-0600)

growing on dung? Were the stems hard and bulbous towards the bottom? Were the caps gilled or pored?

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