When: 2008-12-06

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

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Found on ground in mossy areas with pine needle duff.

Probably not the best name for these, but I’m not sure how to put better names on these little guys.

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Somewhat zonate cap
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-02-14 15:21:28 CST (-0500)

These are making me a little confused too.
Thelephora caryophyllea is the one I know from Sweden, and I think this looks like the same.
Closely related, Thelephora regularis, is an american species which I haven’t been able to find pictures of, but it was originally described with a pale stem, up to an inch long, and a rather small cap, about half an inch. Hard to tell how limited the variations are.. Thelephora regularis and multipartita are sometimes synonymized.

I read that PNW Key Council is planning a key with 10 Thelephora-species, including both caryophyllea and regularis. Maybe that will sort things out eventually?

Thanks Irene, for adding your keen visual sensibilities to our CA collections …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-02-14 12:22:19 CST (-0500)

now it looks as if we’ll all be looking a bit harder at those darned earth fans, too! so, T. caryophyllea is a new one for me…you’ve identified two collections here on MO. Are the fans in this species sometimes zonate as well as solid colors?