When: 2015-08-05

Collection location: Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA [Click for map]

Who: Dave W (Dave W)

No specimen available

Border between field and oak/Jack Pine woods. Possibly also aspen. Dry conditions; not many other fresh fungi observed. A solitary specimen. The golden yellow deposits on the stipe base seem distinctive.

Sorry, no preserved specimen. Mid-vacation, no dehydrator.


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Recognized by sight: Rooting stipe.
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Yeah, the yellow…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2015-08-09 19:31:05 PDT (-0700)

reminded me more of Validae than anything in Lepidella. But the tapered rooting stipe base doesn’t bring to my mind anything from Validae. I attempted to get a spore drop, with the intention of bringing some spores home to view under the scope. But that didn’t work out.

Looks like this one will remain a mystery… at least for the time being. It’s likely I’ll return to this area some year in the future, likely at a similar time of year.

Flavorubens with an atypical stipe base seems to make the most sense here.

The cap…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-08-09 19:16:31 PDT (-0700)

looks like yellow pigment might have been washed out by rain. That’s not uncommon with flavorubens


Well, this is unusual…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2015-08-09 19:15:20 PDT (-0700)

Yellow volval warts similar to those on a number of species such as flavoconia and flavorubens (and their ilk) and remnants of a membranous partial veil on a species with a notably elongate or even radicating bulb on the stem base together suggest section Validae to me.

I hope you see another one of these one day.

Very best,