I spotted these two on the slope of a fairly inactive arroyo in my property in Nambe NM. It is fairly arid here and we are at 6,000 feet. The arroyo was used as an unofficial landfill by prior owners. I removed much of the junk but covered some of the riper vegetable matter with dirt, so the soil may be unusually rich and may retain moisture.
I don’t know what they are and am not even certain that they are mushrooms. I don’t think I see anything like them on the Northern New Mexico list which seems to be drawn mostly from 7,000 feet and higher.
If anyone could identify them, I would be appreciative. I don’t know anything about mushrooms but am interested in anything growing here.
The photos are taken from the side. I am looking down the slope into the arroyo.
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Obviously, I know nothing and my vote shouldn’t be given much weight. These mushrooms had to force their way up through a nastier layer of dirt than you’ll find on the forest floor. Could that have malformed them?
And thank you very much for your responses.
PS Tomorrow I’ll go down in the arroyo and climb up to get a better look and a closer photo of the head.
No, I’m not sure. MO has three positive ratings and this is the lowest one, “could be”. The stalk looks right but the head is odd. Might be a species we don’t have in California but this should help to lead to a better fit.
As an ignorant observer, I see a definite resemblance to Battarrea phalloides (I looked at other photos), but it seems redder and the head (?) is a somewhat different shape and texture. Could the different environment explain the differences.
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