Collection location: Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]
This was on a very tall Monterey Pine in downtown Santa Rosa which has died in the course of a year. There are several of these up several stories, but this one appeared within reach of a 5’ tall person. I didn’t have a camera with me and meant to go back to take a picture but, alas, I forgot. By the time I remembered they were all shriveled. It kind of looks like a nose in profile, albeit an ochre colored one. There were flaking scales on it. I had to cut it to see it’s innards and it was a tough little thing! The flap on the bottom was red inside with white spores deposited on it. The pale tan pores bruised reddish when fondled. I was curious as to why the pores and spores would be contained within such a tough skin. Mykoweb says that this species uses insects, who chew holes through the covering, and also carry spores about with them, for dispersal. This individual was about 1.5".
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