Collection location: Jefferson Lake Trailhead, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, USA [Click for map]
I have found this fungus twice now and can’t figure it out. It grows under the duff and is attached by thick, crispy black hairs. The top is a dingy white and the underneath (shown) is a network of thin (2-3 mm), but stiff strands. It appears to be associated with termites, or they enjoy the fungus. The specimen was found in mixed coniferous woods (Douglas-fir, white fir, ponderosa pine) at about 4,500 feet. Any thoughts?
This isn’t any of the typical truffles or truffle-like basidiomycetes. It is composed of these interwoven, crispy strands (3mm wide). Then there is a peridium covering maybe 1/2 to 2/3 of the strands. Picture chow mein noodles dipped in dark chocolate with a smooth cream cheese frosting.
But unlike most I have seen. Termites may be working buried wood nearby, or even wood on top of the ground. In that area, termites are a major means of biomass breakdown.
Should you find this in the future, please slice it in half and show the interior. For most hypogeous fungi, the spores are formed on the inside, and features found therein can help with identification.
Created: 2011-09-22 22:21:19 CDT (-0500)
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