Observation 17: Byssocorticium Bondartsev & Singer ex Singer

When: 1995-05-15

Collection location: Pacific Palisades, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Nathan Wilson (nathan)

No specimen available

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Found in a small canyon near the beach on a foray with Nancy Smith-Weber and Greg Wright. It’s been suggested that this might be Pulcherricium caeruleum, but the photos I’ve seen of that are distinctly blue not purple.

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: That’s my best guess. The Byssocorticium we have in the midwest is exactly the same blue, but there is no brown in the center, which I assume are mature parts. Members of the genus Byssocorticium are ectomycorrhizal (surprise!).

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By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-05-24 01:48:29 CST (+0800)

I’ll definitely look into Byssocorticium some more. The photos I found from a quick google search were a bit more compelling than the ones I’ve seen of Pulcherricium. What I really need to do is get back out in the field and look under more logs!

Thanks, Tom!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-05-23 23:52:02 CST (+0800)

What a blessing to have Tom on this list to put names to our often forgotten polypores and crusts. We’ll be seeing more of these as our Western season winds down!

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