When: 2008-08-19

Collection location: Forest near Elgin St., Pembroke, Ontario, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)

No specimen available

These spectacular dark corals with white tips sprouted right alongside the trail, as can be seen in the latter two photos.

The fifth photo was taken three days later. It shows the same clump as in the second photo, with an Amanita flavoconia (obs. 10806) developing nearby that was not in evidence on the 19th.

Species Lists


Proposed Names

-61% (3)
Recognized by sight
74% (3)
Recognized by sight: Looks like Thelehora with brown spore bearing surface and on the ground— all Thelephora are mycorrhizal. not sure what species
-27% (3)
Recognized by sight

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New photos do not support T. palmata
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-08-03 13:53:42 CDT (-0400)

so have removed my suggestion of it. This material is far too extensive for T. palmata that I have seen, even though some of it reaches 2 or 3 inches in height. I have never seen T. palmata with white tips, even when young. I will therefore side with Tom, Thelophora sps., and state I have never seen it before. Those additional photos are a clincher in my opinion.

Did it smell foul?
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-08-03 13:11:44 CDT (-0400)
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2008-09-10 00:02:16 CDT (-0400)

Thelephoras normally open out into fans as they mature, don’t they? These things didn’t — they stayed coral/fingerlike and eventually withered.