Observation 21673: Gyromitra melaleucoides (Seaver) Pfister

When: 2009-05-30

Collection location: Edgewood Blue, Wells Gray region, British Columbia, Canada [Click for map]

Who: Jason Hollinger (jason)

Specimen available

This is almost certainly the same species as observation 20984 — both macroscopically and microscopically (same golden-granular parahyses for example). However this time they were fully mature ad producing copious amounts of spores. These spores were from a group growing under lodgepole pines.


Spores in asci in water at 1000×.
Loose spores in water at 1000×.
Paraphyses in water at 1000×.

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Thanks Jason
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-06-04 14:45:05 CDT (-0400)

I realize that these are possible to find in Scandinavia too, if we make the effort to collect and examine, when we see a “Discina perlata”. So, thanks for sharing this documentation with us!

Thanks Irene
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2009-06-04 13:15:38 CDT (-0400)
A new attempt
By: Irene Andersson (irenea)
2009-06-04 06:15:03 CDT (-0400)

I didn’t expect that kind of spores, so it’s not the Discina (perlata) I was thinking of. This fits better with Gyromitra melaleucoides (or Gyromitra melaleucoides group..?)

Here are interesting remarks regarding these species:

Here’s another picture:

I haven’t been able to find any complete description with pictures, but it’s in Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified (as a comment to Discina perlata).
Also mentioned here:

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