Collection location: Lower Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia [Click for map]
Habitat: locally north oriented mountain slope, mixed wood, locally Picea abies dominant, calcareous ground, among needles and leaf litter, ground without greenery; full shade, humid place; partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies; average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 6-8 deg C, elevation 800 m (2.625 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.
Substratum: forest soil under Picea abies canopies.
Place: Lower Trenta valley, lower Trenta village, just above the beginningof alpine trail to Planina Lepoč, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC
Comments: Habitat and habitus of these cup fungi fit very well to Humaria hemisphaerica. Also spore shape, surface and gutules do so. The species is a common one. At least in my literature I can’t find an acceptable alternative determination. However, spore and asci dimensions do not correspond to data from literature. I don’t know whether the differences observed are acceptable (data from literature have quite large scatter too) or this find represents another, probably rarer and seldom described species.
Growing in a few groups of more than 30 fruit bodies in an area of about 2 × 2 m; apparently associated whit Lycoperdon perlatum. Some cups seemed as attached to this fungus (see Fig.3) and I didn’t find a single cup more than a quarter of meter away of more than ten fruitbodies of Lycoperdon. Pilei diameter 8 – 22 mm, like translucent, pearly inside; taste and smell indistinctive; SP too faint to allow color determination.
Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
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