When: 2008-12-07

Collection location: Parque Nacional Huerquehue, Araucanía, Chile [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

No specimen available

This was growing on a vine in a very wet Nothofagus forest. Lovely fragrance. Looks like a deadmans fingers but is very soft and fragile, more remniscent of Morchella actually. Bizarre.

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Recognized by sight
Used references: Palfner. 2006. Austrobasidium, a new gall-forming genus of Exobasidiaceae (Exobasidiales,Basidiomycota) on Hydrangea serratifolia from Chile. Australian Systematic Botany 19:431–436

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Austrobasidium pehueldeni Palfner
By: Pablo Sandoval (agropablo)
2009-05-17 14:25:38 PDT (-0700)

The pictures show the galls that Austrobasidium pehueldeni cause on Hydrangea serratifolia stems

Sorry for my english


I believe you. Really weird, tho.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-15 12:50:43 PST (-0800)
No drying on this extended trip…
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-12-15 09:41:29 PST (-0800)

Alas, drying fungi is beyond my meager means on this hybrid bicycling-hiking tour of Patagonia. Let me assure people that at 20x under a hand lens I could clearly see perithecia lining the surface. I would say definitely not insect or plant. The fragrance, moreover, was clearly fungal.

did you dry some?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-12-15 07:18:59 PST (-0800)

looks like an excellant candidate for a stint under the microscope…somehow doesn’t really seem fungal to me, either…

Gorgeous photos!
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2008-12-15 00:21:11 PST (-0800)

The structure reminds more of plant tissue (inside like the flesh in fruits) than of fungi. Could it be insect galls?

looks kinda like a
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-12-14 14:22:20 PST (-0800)

Podostroma alutacea though I can’t say the lovely fragrance is typical… Very well may be other species in Chile!