Collection location: Bolinas Ridge, Marin Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Initially I thought these to be a gastroid species of a Lactarius(deliciosus). They were growing semi-buried near Doug fir and were very deformed/aborted in appearance. The second photo shows the larger specimen cut in half with the small area in the center looking like chambered gills. The first photo does indicate a whitish coating on the smaller specimen on a portion of “gills” that are exposed.
A consensus of knowledgeable folk have indicated that these are most likely Lactarius deliciosus(as we call them in Ca.) being attacked by Hypomyces lateritius.
After drying, I made a stab at looking for some spores but have not been successful.
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