Observation 88259: Tubifera ferruginosa (Batsch) Gmelin
When: 2012-02-25
Herbarium specimen reported

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interior white and webby, pulled apart a bit.
interior white and webby, pulled apart a bit.
spores round, reticulate to spiny. 6-8 microns.
spores misshapen in mass, pops back to round when dispersed.

Proposed Names

29% (1)
Recognized by sight: not sure if this is even fungal…a composite ball on wood; this is just a piece of it. total diameter around 6 cm.
-22% (2)
Recognized by sight: Spores that are spiny are a better match.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
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the “spiny” spores…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-03-15 08:56:54 PDT (-0700)

were probably just reticulate spores where only the edges of the reticulum were in focus at the margin.

Over-all form of this fruiting body is a much better match to Tubifera ferruginosa; it was a large fat semi-circle of compressed elongated individuals components, growing on wood, and with extensive pale, multi-chambered context beneath. What I show here is merely a small section of the whole.

By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2012-03-14 19:25:59 PDT (-0700)

I changed my proposed name back to Tubifera, as I blew up Deb’s spores and that looks closer. Whatever the case, these two genus’ should be looked at in the field closer. Thanks for pointing out. As to your OB, I have yet to run across something like that. It looks like unfavorable conditions mutated it out of the norm.

By: Byrain
2012-03-14 19:07:37 PDT (-0700)

What do you think of observation 87878? It also had spiny/reticulated spores.

thanks Timm
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2012-02-27 08:02:59 PST (-0800)

I agree that Tubifera ferruginosa is a best match. This fruit body was dark red/brown when collected, and browned a bit more after handling and a night in my fridge.

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