Collection location: Knowland Park, Oakland, California, USA [Click for map]
Who: Tom Bruns (pogon)
This fungus formed a huge (>50 m diameter) fairy ring in the meadow, which could be seen from the green zone it created in the grass. Fruiting was occurring primarily on one side of the ring, but also was starting on the other side. The largest individuals fruitbodies were maybe 15-20 cm across.
This could be C. booniana, and I have to confess that even after working through the key and descriptions I’m not sure I know the best distinctions. The scaly surface seems a little too scaly for the description of pachydermica, but the gleba color, the smooth spores, and the tiny pores in the capillitia made me lean toward pachyderma.
John Taylor was the one who originally found this cool fruiting.
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I emailed Fred Stevens about this post and this is what he says:
That indeed is Calvatia pachyderma and that fairy ring is well known (at least among the few who collect puffballs) as the “Methuselah ring,” so called because its size indicates it could easily be a hundred years old. Of all the C. pachyderma fairy rings at the Knowland grassland, and there are quite a few, this one is by far the largest. It also fruits in the fall, and I’m a little surprised to see it fruiting now, perhaps confusion caused by the mid-winter dry spell? BTW, the scaliness is not unusual and varies depending on conditions. Hopefully the “Methuselah ring” will not be destroyed by the zoo’s expansion plans.
elephant enclosure? ;)
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