Observation 20831: Leratiomyces erythrocephala

When: 2009-05-04

Collection location: Purakaunui Falls Scenic Reserve, New Zealand [Click for map]

Who: Noah Siegel (Noah)

No specimen available

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By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-05-07 04:08:36 CDT (-0400)

I found it at my first three stops in the Catlins; with a few collections from Purakaunui Falls.

I did take a picture of it cut in half but it’s a slide, (I’ll post it in a couple of months if I remember…)

I’ll try to keep the torturer to a minimum… just one or two a day

By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-05-06 22:14:11 CDT (-0400)

is an old combination for Leratiomyces ceres, I’m pretty sure it’s origin is in Australia/New Zealand.
This secotioid form was formally known as Weraroa erythrocephala but was recently placed in the genus Leratiomyces due to it’s close relation to L. ceres.

yes. it has gone thru quite a few name changes.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-06 11:40:19 CDT (-0400)
Has this been formerly called
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-05-06 11:34:38 CDT (-0400)

Stropharia aurantiaca? If so it has been introduced to Europe too and I think the origin is indeed Oz.

ooo, I love it! a name and a way to tell its origin!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-06 10:05:42 CDT (-0400)

so nice when the latin names are actually helpful to our general understanding…

sure LOOKS like a secotioid L. ceres…

so, it takes a bit of time for these secotioid forms to develop, eh? Could OZ/NZ be the original home to this broadly cosmopolitan, at least in Western N. America, wood chip fungus? It seemed to just magically appear here in the West, several decades back, in its boringly normal form, of course…

Well, secotioid genera
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-05-06 05:20:08 CDT (-0400)

I think the movement now is to take those secotioid genera and move the species back into the main genera so they are there next to the non-secotioid forms. Which I kinda like, if everything else about the fungus matches the genus, except the cap doesn’t fully open, why not?

Did you get a photo of one of these cut in half? It would be nice to see the dark convoluted gills.

Dated names
By: Clive Shirley (myxo)
2009-05-06 02:24:56 CDT (-0400)

I am surprised at how many names presently shown in our national data base website here in New Zealand that are out of date with this been a typical exsample.
New Zealand Fungi (PDD) = Weraroa erythrocephala
Index Fungorum = Leratiomyces erythrocephala

Nice find Noah,
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-05-05 21:37:56 CDT (-0400)

This secotioid form is most closely related to Leratiomyces ceres.
That is a really nice find Noah, and quite rare, 17 years of hunting mushrooms in New Zealand and I have yet to find this interesting mushroom!
I hope you enjoy our small country, you have come at the right time for fungi:)

oh man, are you gonna be torturing us from NZ now, Noah??!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-05 18:04:48 CDT (-0400)

this one has a cap color reminescent of our common N. California wood chip fungus Leratiomyces ceres…altho this one’s another cool secotioid form…I sense a theme here!

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