Observation 21019: Plectania nannfeldtii Korf

When: 2009-05-12

Collection location: Emigrant Trail, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)

Specimen available

such a fun fungus to find at the edges of snowbanks.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:17 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Emmigrant Trail, Sierra, CA’ to ‘Emigrant Trail, California, USA

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400x; congo red.
I thought this photo was too dark to post, but it shows the true color in a better light…

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By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-05-21 15:49:39 PDT (-0700)

You definitely did use flash. The original photo has a specular highlight inside the lower cup from reflection of a light source. (Zoom the photo. There are some whitish specks in both cups but one bright spot in the lower one has rays.) From the angle of the cup to the plane of the image (flat-on) and the position of the highlight (dead-center in the cup), it can be inferred that the light source was in almost the same direction from the specimen as the lens. This could be the noontime sun or the camera’s flash, but very little else. If, as you say, the specimen was in shade, then it was not the noontime sun. It follows that it was almost certainly the camera’s flash.

true. I prob. did use flash, since it was quite dark where it was fruiting…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-21 10:20:34 PDT (-0700)

and drying will also cause it to lose color.

Light picture
By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-05-21 09:48:17 PDT (-0700)

Did you use flash for that photo? That could very easily explain the light appearance of the specimen. Another in natural light would look more “ideal.”

the difference between the ideal and the real…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-05-15 06:45:14 PDT (-0700)

it did have a long stipe, but here’s another photo of it much like mine from a respected source:


Looks pale
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2009-05-14 20:31:47 PDT (-0700)

These look so light in color. According to Tylutki, the hymenium inside the cup should be black and the exterior should be black with a delicate tomentum. Did it have a loooong stipe deep in the soil that connected to wood?
Tylutki, E. E. 1979. Mushrooms of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest Discomycetes. Univ. Press of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. 133p.

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