When: 2015-06-30

Collection location: Khrisdala Baka REST AREA, east bound, I-74, Illinois, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dan Molter (shroomydan)

No specimen available


Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
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Recognized by sight: White central fungus has in-rolled lip; mature fungi have extruded lips and warted exteriors. The white fungus could be a Balsamia, immature Barssia, perhaps other species. The dark-brown warted fungi might be Lycoperdon, or related fungi (Gastromycete).
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Recognized by sight: Most likely, all the same.

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By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-07-03 07:18:34 HST (-1000)

The white one has what I would call scales: flattened appressed flake-like objects. Also the opening into the gleba (apical pore) is inrolled. Lycoperdoides do not have that feature.

The others have
1) mouth-of-a-volcano-like openings, typical of Lycoperdoides, which assist in spore dispersal.
2) erect nearly wart-like structures which are mostly present. In Lycoperdoides, these warts often break off, leaving scars on the peridium.

Had the brown ones been sectioned, I suspect they would have shown a sterile base. I don’t think the white specimen has anything like a sterile base, but will reserve judgement until one is shown.

That was one heck of a run, btw. I would not want to be on the road for that. You must have better bladder control than I.

should have cut them open!
By: Dan Molter (shroomydan)
2015-07-02 08:42:45 HST (-1000)

Hi Daniel,

I should have cut one open!

This was a brief stop on a straight-shot 32 hour Cannonball Run from Salt Lake City to Bridgeport Ohio. I had been driving for about 20 hours when I stopped at this rest area, and I did not spend much time with any of the mushrooms I found there.

If you look closely, you can see that the warts on the white mushroom match the warts on the brown ones. That and the extremely close proximity lead me to believe this is not a mixed collection.

Possible mixed collection.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-07-02 07:12:19 HST (-1000)

I don’t believe the white central fungus is identical or even similar to the more mature specimens, Dan. The apical pore lip is in-rolled, suggesting something near Balsamia or Barrsia. Not certain if either species has been found in Illinois before.

A feature not shown on either collection is the interior. We need to have a photo of the sectioned fungus in order to make an informed opinion as to what it may be.