Observation 2295: Helotiales Nannf.

When: 2007-01-27

Collection location: Albion, Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

These were kinda neat, I saw this yellow patch down on the edge of the duff, it was on the end of a rotting D. fir branch, right up against the rotting log. At first I just though slime mold, but cute, so why not. I grabbed the branch, and it broke up into pieces. In the forest the yellow patch was pretty damp, and it was a dull yellow, and kinda gushy, still didn’t know if it was slime mold.

Later back at the ranch, the little guys started to dry out a bit, the yellow became brighter. Also the small caps started to firm up, and pulled away from the branch, and showed little stipes underneath.

So, these are little asci’s, on short little stipes. I thought I might have seen them before, but I checked my records, and what I saw before had a fuzzy exterior with a dark ring around each cap. These are smooth on the edges, and smooth underneath that small caps.

No idea what these are, but cute little guys. I think Debbie Veiss took away a sample.

Feb. 23 2007 — Just got “Mushrooms of Colorado”, by V. Evenson (1997), and I was looking through it, and right at the end of the asci’s were these little yellow puffy guys on rotting wood. Looking at the google images for this species, these match exactly. There is even an image by Dimtar, and he was there… but anyway. Dennis mentioned Rutstroemia, which are these little clustered cups, but with clear dark stipes. These don’t really have the clear dark stipe of Rutstroemia, they are just centrally attached in the back. Looking things over I’m pretty sure these are Bisporella citrina.

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A hint from Dennis/Debbie?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2007-02-05 00:05:34 -05 (-0500)

Looks like this might be the one that about which Dennis Dejardin said:

“The yellow stalked fungus is an ascomycete, similar to the genus Rutstroemia, but microscopic analysis is required.”

per an email from Debbie Viess.