When: 2014-06-20

Collection location: Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area, Pennsylvania, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

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Interesting lavender color. On a live hardwood tree.

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Used references: Photo looks blue, my impression of C. coerulescens was lavender

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The lavender fungus…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-06-30 00:19:12 CDT (-0400)

began to dry out and contract into obscurity. But just before I left for the weekend I managed to scrape a little bit onto a slide to scope. Micro photos aren’t that great. But lots of globose spores were observed. Matches very well with..

Thanks for the help with this one Damon, Martin, and Jonathan!

This is the first time…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-06-23 20:46:12 CDT (-0400)

I have examined this fungus. Initially, we thought it might be a lichen.

One good thing about a bioblitz (Monroe County, PA, in this case), participation causes one to expand horizons.

Thanks for the input Martin, Damon, and Jonathan. Anything else you may think to add will be appreciated.

i alway assumed that the brown-tan stage is the final stage
By: Jonathan M
2014-06-23 20:13:04 CDT (-0400)
Many of the other photos…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-06-23 19:22:12 CDT (-0400)

of C. coerulescens show several stages of development. Some show a white growth mixed in with the lavender/blue. This appears to represent only one stage, presumably the final one.

By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2014-06-23 14:24:09 CDT (-0400)

This is an unusual creature. Fruiting starts with little blue cups that look like any other asco with hairs on the outer edge. The hairs grow outward and develop fluffy sporangia seen in your photo.

all spring
By: damon brunette (damonbrunette)
2014-06-22 22:53:48 CDT (-0400)

I see this and the blue is the usual color with shades of white, grey, and lavender throughout the fruiting bodies

Color in photo is not true.
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2014-06-22 20:10:11 CDT (-0400)

Actual color is more lavender than blue.

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