This was one of the few species fruiting after over a week of cold (regular morning frost), wet weather. It was fruiting in greater abundance in the wetter areas than I had seen before. However, it was not fruiting (yet?) in some of the drier areas.
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I have seen them in January, 2010(Sycamore Grove Park, Contra Costa Co.) and December, 2008(Joaquin Miller Park, Alameda Co.).
There are 4 verified collections in the New York Botanical Garden: Halling 3773, 28 Dec 1983, Descanso Gardens (voucher illustrated by Desjardin); Halling 3998, 20 Dec 1984, also Descanso Gardens; plus two others from Old Topanga Canyon, 7 Jan 1986 and 23 Jan 1986, determined by F. Nishida.
Yes, I found them about 12-15 years ago in J. Miller Park in Oakland. I brought them to MSSF Fungus Fair and Dennis Desjardin confirmed the name. They were growing in the same spot year after year for many years, and quite possible they are there right now.
The picture of them found in Oakland: http://home.att.net/~mushroomhunt/Marasmius_albogriseus.htm
I’ve only collected this species in southern California. Have any northern Californians seen it up there? Arora lists it has occurring in southern and central California. Dennis Desjardin in Agaricales of California lists it as being restricted to southern California.
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