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Found on spruce duff and cones. A large patch of these off to the side of the path. Obviously they were saprotrophic on the spruce duff, connected to needles and cones. Not sure what these are…

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Recognized by sight: No idea what these are…
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Recognized by sight: Identical to Clavariadelphus ligula in the field, but it has not been reported from NM by Methven. However, C. ligula is common (spores 12-16 µm long) and C. sachalinensis (spores 18-24 µm long) is rare. So unless you can measure the spores, you will never know for sure.
Used references: Methven, Andrew S. 1990. The genus Clavariadelphus in North America. Bibliotheca Mycologica Band 138, J. Cramer, Berlin, Germany. 192p.

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By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2008-09-09 10:52:45 CST (+0800)

…most certainly. As to species check out MushroomExpert which describes C. lignicola fruiting in troops under Englemann Spruce in the Four Corners area.

By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-09 10:52:12 CST (+0800)

Cordyceps (check the dirt clods for containing insect pupae, truffles, or similarly — these are invariably parasitic on something), Helotiales, or even Clavariadelphus. A microscope can eliminate the third (the other options are ascomycetes).