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Previously placed in the genus Thaxterogaster this interesting fungus is found in association with trees from the Myrtaceae family, Kunzea ericoides and Leptospermum scoparium and trees from the Fagaceae family, Nothofagus spp.
It’s possible that the collections from the two different tree groups represent different taxa and according to Karl Soop the molecular studies show that the collections from the Beech forests are closely related to the Cuphocybe group.
I have only seen the form that associates with Myrtaceous trees which is shown here, it is found fruiting in Autumn partially buried in the leaf litter, as it matures it becomes much more exposed and is often found with holes presumably made by birds that probably think they have found a nice berry to eat:)
The fruit bodies are quite viscid and the odor is not distinct.
According to Karl’s book it is rather rare but I have found that it is common in some areas in Myrtaceae forest that is at a higher altitude.
Could you provide any other information? Habitat? Growing conditions? Odor? Nearby trees/shrubs?
There are a few hypogeous or sequestrate Cortinarius in Oregon, but I rarely see them, as the are frequently submerged below the duff layer.
Created: 2011-05-08 00:29:27 PDT (-0700)
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