Observation 96012: Gyromitra Fr.

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Recognized by sight: with spruce in moutaineous forest, no pines present
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Based on microscopic features: spores 17-25 × 9-11 µ, no appendices, usually with two large oildrops, not ornamented
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Recognized by sight: Looks like the best match so far..

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Yes, I know this link from New Zealand
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-06-02 06:17:50 MDT (-0600)

and it really fits well. It’s just the habitat that I was concerned of.
If this really turns out to be Gyromitra tasmanica it’ll be the first find for Central Europe and Austria as well but I am afraid no one will take a closer look after it. I will have to bring it to Vienna though.

By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-06-02 05:47:24 MDT (-0600)

The obs from Granada (Sierra Nevada, southern Spain) that looks exactly like your specimen is shown in the first link I gave:

Raitviir’s description of Gyromitra tasmanica is a very good match with what you have here.
The species is also present in a checklist from Argentina (Tierra del Fuego). I don’t beleive that particular trees as hosts are necessary for all Gyromitra species (if any).

Nice find, whatever it is..!

Which Granada observation?
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2012-06-02 02:56:40 MDT (-0600)

I know. I had talks about this find. I first suspected just a normal G. esculenta, but there are no pines present. Then I switched to G. tasmanica but this species is said to be from the Southern Hemisphere or at least thermophilous (is said to be found in the Mediterraneum with green oaks and maybe pines). So now I have no more option left. There are absolutely no appendices on the spore ends but some of them are a bit attenuated and not so roundish-elliptical as in G. esculenta. The average length is about 21 µ, breadth about 10 µ. So this seems to be too short for splendida and the like besides the lack of appendices.

Links to Gyromitra longipes
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2012-06-02 01:30:02 MDT (-0600)


G. splendida was described to have slightly larger spores with prominent appendages.

Just want to add that I think this looks incredibly like the Granada observation, but I’m not so sure about that ID. It’s probably something else.
Except for the spore size, it’s not a very good match with Harmaja’s description of longipes…

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