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Observation 144192: Undetermined

When: 2013-08-29

Collection location: West coast, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: julie (JulieAnn)

No specimen available

Bright robin’s egg blue puff-ball type mushroom. found growing in very mature douglas fir, cedar, hemlock forest. Was found growing alone or in very small groups. Never two together, but spread out about a meter apart. They were found on the forest floor, as well as wedged under or on decaying logs. They looked like electric soap bubbles. Size ranged from 2- 4 cm in diameter. Mushroom was hollow and rubbery. Older specimens turned white with age and collapsed into mush or cup-like deflated shapes. Mushroom was completely hollow, rubbery in texture, yet pliable and springy. was moist to the touch and did not crack or fall apart when poked, nor did it emit a “puff” of any detectable spores. Found in very mature and decaying old growth forest. Not found at the base of any particular tree, seemed to growing on decaying mixed tree debris in a bed of step moss.

young Mushroom was very noticeably very bright robin’s egg blue.

Could it be Chlorociboria aeruginascens?

Sorry for the poor quality phone camera photos.



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sadly, I couldn’t get a better quality photo…
By: julie (JulieAnn)
2013-09-17 15:02:39 CDT (-0400)

Returned the very next day with a better camera and found that they had all turned into whitish blue piles of mush, or has washed away all together.

Thankyou, I will check out your suggested links.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-09-17 11:27:03 CDT (-0400)

Chlorociboria is a tiny, wood-decaying, cup-shaped ascomycete, whose fruiting bodies (the cups) are not often present. With some clearer photography, we might be able to offer more. Check out this website for some tips:

By: julie (JulieAnn)
2013-09-16 23:21:09 CDT (-0400)

Hope the added images help.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2013-09-05 16:01:16 CDT (-0400)

did you intend to include photographs with this observation?