NEED HELP WITH IDENTIFICATION! Found these in 2 locations (roughly 1 mile apart) in PA SGL 110. Don’t think these are strictly fungi. Thought they might be Lichenomphalia, but can’t find a species that fits. I’ve searched and viewed every lichen image on MO and stalked lichens on, as well as, other sites. Plan to upload to iSpot as well.

Remained fruiting from July until fall.

I don’t know lichens well enough to use exact terms in describing, but I’ll do my best.

Caps: up to 1 cm at maturity, creamy white, smooth on top, chanterelle-like with ribs (not gills) underneath.

Stalks: .5 – 1 cm long, elongated barrel shape when young, becoming curved, wavy or even bent with some having round nodules (as if they swallowed a pea), scaly like that of Cladonia species (squamules or soredia??).

Habitat: among moss at base of standing dead hemlocks; near banks of Northkill Creek.


Entire group is only about 2.5 cm wide.
Sorry for washed out white areas.
Sorry for the washed out white areas.

Proposed Names

-17% (2)
Recognized by sight
28% (1)
Recognized by sight: I think the crustose lichen in the third photo (Porpidia albocaerulescens probably) is accidental. I see no other association with algae or lichenized primary thallus.
85% (1)
Recognized by sight: Typical chiseled stem and buttons with stipes large in proportion to the caps. Not sure what to say about the two pregnant ones…

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Thanks for the help
By: Linda Brynan Sears (lkbsearsff)
2017-01-26 18:02:54 CST (-0500)

Thanks Walt! Those pregnant stipes will get you every time. Thanks to Jason as well.