It seems like Toasted Marshmallow Fungus might be an appropriate name for this, but I have no idea what other people call it. I believe (though am not absolutely certain) that the black on the right cluster is where part of the fungus was broken off.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:01 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Sitka, Alaska’ to ‘Sitka, Alaska, USA’
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Having followed the development of this particular individual to maturity, Phaeolus schweinitzii seems correct. It was photographed at the base of a Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis). I’m not sure how typical this is, as from what I’ve read, this fungus is typically associated with pines (which I presume to be Pinus spp). A few years ago I photographed what I believe is the same fungus in a location just a few feet away, however I had not noticed again in intervening years. While I’m not certain, it does suggest that this particular fungus may not fruit every year.
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