When: 2009-01-30

Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

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more common at elevation, this is a paler version of our orange scaley chanterelle, Gomphus floccosus.


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maybe not so clear to those who don’t cruise the Sierra on a regular basis!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-06 11:08:21 CST (-0500)

this was a beautiful collection of kauffmanii. and we all see plenty of ambiguous examples of mushrooms to appreciate a little clarity.
heck, these handsome devils might even survive to make it to the Fair this weekend (they traveled home with me from ACCF; always a sucker for a pretty face…)!

Clearly different — floccosus vs kauffmanii/bonarii…
By: Dimitar Bojantchev (dimitar)
2009-02-06 03:47:33 CST (-0500)

Gomphus bonarii/kauffmanii are abundant in the Sierra Nevada foothills
(and higher) in the Fall. Clearly distinguished from Gomphus floccosus,
which to me is a typical coastal species.



Someone told me (Arora, I think) that G. kauffmanii and G. bonarii are
conspecific based on molecular studies.

The MushroomExpert has a good discussion on these.

Great collection
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-02-05 18:59:48 CST (-0500)

This is best collection of Gomphus kauffmanii that I’ve ever seen; not that I see it often, only about once every two to three years.
I’ve seen lots of old or pale G. floccosus called kauffmanii but when you see them together you really notice the difference.