When: 2016-04-30

Collection location: Snakelum Woods, Coupeville, Island Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)

No specimen available

Small group growing on moss covered wood under Pseudotsuga menziesii and Acer macrophyllum.

This is a new one for me. Stoked I checked this LBM!


I counted seven in this photo.

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Doesn’t look like Tubaria confragosa
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2016-06-08 01:22:37 CDT (-0400)

Because that species has a smooth cap.

Davide’s suggestion has me scratching my head.
By: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)
2016-05-14 21:12:58 CDT (-0400)

I thought T. confragosa was similar to T. furfuracea but with a ring… I was wrong. It seems microscopy won’t help much to discern between T. confragosa and M. haematospermum either so I am hoping that we get some rain so these buggers will grow a bit to see if they retain the red coloration on the gills. 2 days ago I checked and they’ve hardly grown at all.

confidence level updated
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-05-01 14:31:29 CDT (-0400)

looking forward to more info

I agree that many observations could be elaborated upon.
By: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)
2016-05-01 13:30:58 CDT (-0400)

I will most certainly attempt a follow-up on these as-per request.
The gill color and features are overwhelmingly in favor of M. haematospermum though.
Thanks again Danny, I always appreciate your input.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2016-05-01 12:05:19 CDT (-0400)

should have deep red gills, with prominent veil remnants along the margin. the latter can be absent with age, weather or handling. the former is, afaik, a rather non-negotiable character. seeing the gills of a mature, well-expanded fruiting body would be helpful here.

While I applaud the general nature of doubt
By: Rand Workman (Ranmofod)
2016-05-01 02:57:54 CDT (-0400)

and admit that my photos here leave much to be desired, an explanation of what is conflicting (or missing) from this observation would help me keep this interesting fungus from being labled so vaguishly.