Observation 97919: Handkea fumosa (Zeller) Kreisel
When: 2012-06-21
No herbarium specimen


Close-up of cap. Completely epigeous. Snowbanks still present within 50 feet.
Surface dark purple-brown on top, but toning to near white at basal attachment.
Underside (soil attachment) site. Note tiny root-like attachment in center of white area.
Sporocarp bisected through base. Note basal attachment on right hemisphere.
Interior a powdery mass of chocolate-brown spores. Contains several million spores, beneficial for trees above 3,000 feet elevation. You should have seen the spore cloud released when sliced!

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Recognized by sight: Have collected it nearby before. About the only high-elevation puffball I’ve found. This species happens to be mycorrhizal, often with Western hemlock, but sometimes with true firs as well.

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