When: 2009-03-16

Collection location: Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, USA [Click for map]

Who: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)

No specimen available

Found these growing right by the beach. Sandy soil, probably decomposing leaf litter. Dry, powdery texture. Woody, fibrous stem. Didn’t see any volva at the base.

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-27% (2)
Used references: Mushrooms Demystified and post on Mushroom Observer
94% (3)
Used references: Hemmes, Don E. and Dennis E. Desjardin. 2002 Mushrooms of Hawai’i: An Identification Guide. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. 212p.

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By: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)
2013-07-13 13:02:57 CDT (-0400)

Thanks phill! You are right. I think this collection must have snuck under the collection location for some other finds.

Location information doesn’t match description
By: P. Hill (phill)
2013-07-13 03:09:24 CDT (-0400)

Nice specimen and thanks for creating the location, because I found mushrooms in this park, but your sample “found on the beach” and this park do not go together. Most of this park runs from 600 meters elevation to upward of 1600 meters with a north gully that dips as low as 200 meters, so there is no beach in this park. Were you possibly thinking of a different location?

By: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)
2009-03-28 13:45:27 CDT (-0400)

Great info, there were masses of spores on the litter around where these were growing. They must need to produce tons of spores for some reason. Maybe not very many suitable habitats.

Cool the spore producing surface is on top too.

nice shroom! typical habitat for these guys, we get them on the CA beaches too…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-28 13:31:11 CDT (-0400)

And altho you didn’t find the remains, they do have a volva, as well as the curious quality of producing their spores from the TOP surface of their “caps”;
their long-lived fruit bodies will produce prodigious amounts of powdery rust-brown spores, for weeks or months. they are dessicated, elongated indefatigable spore machines!

for illustration including volva, go here: http://mushroomobserver.org/image/show_image/40106?obs=19814&seq_key=437520

By: Edward Barge (landsnorkler)
2009-03-27 22:20:49 CDT (-0400)

Thanks Darv, I’ve gotta get that book.