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My guess (and that is all it is) is that the fungi are there all time and fruit when they are triggered to do so by environmental conditions. Mycologists have not been able to explain the why of fruiting patterns. A couple years ago Ohio and West Virginia saw a widespread fruiting of Xylaria tentaculata. It is small and inconspicuous and it was being reported by general naturalists due to its abundance. I had not seen it in Ohio or West Virginia previously and have not seen it since that one season.
One of the questions I would like to be able to answer, is just like this. I’ve been looking at stuff up in Los Trancos, and this is my 7th year doing so. It seems that about 1/3 to 1/2 of the species seen, are only seen once in that time. So, I wonder, are these species just passing through, they only exist there on that year, for that short amount of time, fruit some ‘shrooms and disappear. Or, are they always there in the environment, and it takes either something special, only once in 5-10 years to get a mushroom, or it only gets around to fruiting once in that time. I can’t think of a way to be able to tell the difference.
Or maybe this species is showing up this year and only comes up every so often when conditions are correct. The best way to find out is to go back to the same place next year and the year after to see if they fruit again.
whether up on the Mendo or Sonoma coast or down in Santa Cruz. There does seem to be simu-fruitings in both places. The question, of course, is whether it is becoming more common OR are there are way more and better observers in the field?
or maybe a bit of both…
Here is a mushroom that Smith described from a single collection from Trinidad, CA on the 14-Dec-1956 and only saw it only once. David Arora had seen it once, 40 years ago!
But… Adam Singer, who brought a single specimen into David A’s foray on Saturday night and told us where he found it, (central Mendo. Co. coast) so we went back to the area and found over sixty fruiting bodies in three patches.
Christian Schwarz, way down in Santa Cruz, on the same day finds it down there. Go figure.
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