When: 2009-10-18

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

Who: Ryane Snow (snowmam)

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Recognized by sight: found in coastal pine forest <1 mile inland

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Could be.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2009-10-19 20:20:13 CST (+0800)

Botton photo suggests R. occidentalis, if found in sandy soils near Lodgepole pine; upper photo could also be R. rubescens if found in same conditions. Reddish rhizomorphs at base of fungi are distinctive and suggestive. Would need to see a photo of the gleba to know more.

Spore size and shape are ultimate determining factors, although coloration and proximity to coast suggestive.

Sometimes size of sporocarp can be a factor as well. The largest Rhizopogon I know of was R. rubescens found near Sutherlin, Oregon under oak, and weighed nearly 1.3 pounds: a massive fused mass of multiple sporocarps.