When: 2008-11-26

Collection location: UC Irvine Campus, Irvine California, USA [Click for map]

Who: embrown

No specimen available

This small clump is growing from a mycelium under a low area in my lawn. Hard to take a picture as it seems to absorb the light. It sheds purple-brown spores, and under the dissecting microscope it looks like a cluster of tiny funnels. I can’t detect a scent.

There are several of these poking up through the grass, and I noticed them yesterday, so they can’t be too old. The lawn is 10 years old, and was grown on a turf farm. I don’t think there is wood underneath, just some roots of Arbutus ‘Marina.’ There are no conifers nearby.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:07:11 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘University Hills, Irvine, Orange Co, CA, USA’ to ‘University Hills, Irvine, Orange Co, California, USA’


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Looks similar to Thelephora frondosa
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2008-12-13 20:00:21 CST (-0600)

A very common mycorrhizal species, Thelephora was undergoing revision last I heard, several years ago.