When: 2015-02-07

Collection location: San Pablo Reservoir, Contra Costa Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)

No specimen available

Growing at side of a trail in gravely dirt, probably with some wood debris or leaves. oaks and pines nearby.


100x in Meltzers
Ascus in Meltzer’s at 1000x
showing the paraphyses in Meltzer’s at 1000x
spores 22x 11µm in KOH at 1000x

Proposed Names

30% (2)
Based on microscopic features: spores ( immature, observed inside asci) 22-25 x11-12µm.
Based on chemical features: Asci do not turn blue in Meltzer’s reagent , nor in KOH
47% (2)
Recognized by sight: The very dark colors, short but grooved/ribbed pseudostipe, and rounded-rectangular spores remind me of something like H. leucomelaena

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Sure thing
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2015-02-08 17:12:06 -05 (-0500)

I’ve never found one like this, always wanted to see one. Good find!

Thanks Christian!
By: Richard Sullivan (enchplant)
2015-02-08 16:41:29 -05 (-0500)

Your wealth of experience saves the day once again. I am doing a spore print now o see what the mature spores look like.