Collection location: Observatory Hill, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]
Original Herbarium Label: Onygena corvina Alb. & Schwein.
Growing on an owl pellet
Found by the truffle dog Dexter (owned by Brooke Fochuk & Dayton Page, Vancouver, BC)
Herbarium Specimen: UBC F26268
Carved in wood by Daryl Thompson
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Truffle dog Dexter, deified in Daryl Thompson’s carving (wedding gift to Brooke & Dayton), was still in training when we were at the Observatory Hill foray. Dexter got a treat every time he found a truffle (mostly false ones, anyway). When Dexter found Onygena, he got nothing! “We won’t train him to look for owl pellets,” said Brooke. Still, it was Dexter’s best find that day.
For other Dexter’s finds from that day see:
the entire time I was viewing them. Thanks for posting that very informative (and amusing) observation.