Observation 98644: “Gasteromycetes” Fr.
When: 2011-09-10
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I’ve had no luck with the identification of this mushroom. I’d imagine that a stalked, green spore releasing, uncommon fungus would be easier to identify than most, but the process is indeed proving to be difficult and I’ve come up with no definite conclusions.

Occurs in various locations at various altitudes, from 5,000 to 7,500 feet. The presence of a peridium might be helpful to its identification. Upon a touch or a breeze by the wind, millions of greenish spores are released into the air.

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Used references: Mushrooms Demystified, Mushroom Expert, Mycokey, Wikipedia, Project Noah.
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Check the literature and do microscopy
By: Steph Jarvis (Steph Jarvis)
2012-09-02 14:45:51 CDT (-0500)

Scott Bates (2004) completed a monograph of the Lycoperdaceae and Geastraceae of Arizona. You can find it on line easy enough. The key in his work will help you with this fungi. The single photo of this fungi is not very helpful. What does the base of this look like? When you slice it clean in half from top to bottom, what does the interior look like? Is there a pseudo stipe? Is there a subgleba? is there a diaphragm that separates the gleba from subgleba? Is the subgleba chambered, or compact?
What do the spores and Eucapillitia look like? Answering the these questions will get you the answers. Knowing what the spores and capillitia look like should get you to the species level of identification.

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