Growing in a dense mixed conifer forest dominated by Abies concolor; Pinus lambertiana, Pinus jeffreyi, and Pinus ponderosa were all in the area as well.
I turned over a mound in the duff/soil and found this underneath. I thought at first that it was already disintegrating due to the appearance of the peridium (thick above, insignificant to nonexistent below).
The chambered, black spore mass with pallid sterile veins was evident upon slicing it lengthwise. The spores are large (20×15 microns) and have no ornamentation. It has a mild odor – it’s slightly earthy-fragrant.
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a secotioid scleroderma! who knew?
we’ll look for more of these up at Tuolumne this weekend.
Since I’ve been working in the Sierras all summer, I’ve been tuning in more to the world of hypogeous fungi – they are all around me! Will post more soon, as I am back in the land of internet access for the fall. Thanks for noticing, Christian, and good to hear from you!
It’s good to see more hypogeous fungi
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