When: 2008-10-11

Collection location: Larch Mountain, Multnomah Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

Who: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)

No specimen available

Specimen could be of Clavulina cristata, but has a violet or purplish blush near the base of the stipe where it was bruised. There is nothing about a violet to purplish blush in Aurora about C. cristata, so I must question it as an identification. Otherwise, it fits rather nicely.


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I think you’re right, Ron. Thanks!
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-12 02:22:23 CDT (-0400)

It does look possible. I have never seen a purplish or violet parasite on this fungus before. Indeed I have rarely ever seen it before.

Could be parasite..
By: Ron Pastorino (Ronpast)
2008-10-12 00:23:57 CDT (-0400)

Are you sure that bluish blush is from bruising? Both Clavulina cristata and Clavulina rugosa are attacked by Helminthospaeria clavariarum from the base up. See Observation# 11577 and http://www.mushroomexpert.com/clavulina_cristata.html

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-10-11 23:56:44 CDT (-0400)

Let me be the first to doubt this identification. When I tried to call the specimen Clavulina near cristata, Mushroom Observer automatically changed it to Clavulina cristata. The specimen could be C. cristata, but has a violet to purplish blush where bruised near the base of the stipe.