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-57% (1)
Recognized by sight: Pale yellow brown cap, decurrent gills, stem with basal mycelial tuft binding conifer debris, sandy soil under pinyon pine, juniper and manzanita, elevation about 5000’, soil temps 45-50 degrees
-46% (2)
Recognized by sight: recent snow melt, mycelial cords at base of stem
Used references: http://www.mykoweb.com/...
65% (4)
Used references: 98% match with Ripartites tricholoma, R. albidoincarnatus and R. metrodii (syn. of R. tricholoma?) See tree png.
86% (1)
Used references: closely related to R. tricholoma—see tree png

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By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-04-05 21:30:20 PDT (-0700)

See link above

Debbie, thanks for the reference to the Cripps paper
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-03-11 12:34:25 PST (-0800)

It turns out that we’ve found 3 of these in Az in addition to this obs: Caloscypha fulgens, Gyromitra ancilis (=Discina perlata) and Gyromitra korfii (=G. montana). We’ve found 2 others that are not listed in the Cripps paper but are described as snow melt fungi in various references: Tricholoma moseri and Entoloma vernum var. isodiametrica. I’ll be on the lookout for more this week!

you can read a recent rendition of this …
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-03-11 07:00:10 PST (-0800)

online at FUNGI mag:
http://fungimag.com/spring-09-articles/13_Snow.pdf

And of course, Cripp’s wonderful new book, “The Essential Guide to Rocky Mountain Mushrooms,” has an entire chapter on those fascinating snow melt fungi.

Can’t wait to get up to our own Sierra and see some more for myself! Too many years without any snowpack at all imperils this unique mycota. For some, there is nowhere to go but up. For the pika and high elevation fungi in these days of climate change and global warming, there is simply no where else to go.

Debbie do you have a pdf of the Cripps paper?
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-03-10 11:20:45 PST (-0800)
Thanks Debbie
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2017-03-10 11:11:51 PST (-0800)

for the reference to the Cripps paper. Found this and one other snow melt fungus here so far as we have had an unusually wet winter and early Spring with rain at the lower elevations and snow at the higher elevations. There is still a ton of snow above 7000’ but pretty much melted in the 5500’ to 6500’ range which is where these were. I’m headed higher next week as the snow is starting to melt there due to warmer temps.

nice!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-03-10 08:25:48 PST (-0800)

snow melt fungi already?!

what is your elevation there?

Have you surveyed the snow melt fungi of AZ prior to this? I am curious what you might have up that way, compared to our Sierran snowmelt fungi.

This is one of my fave CA habitats and mycofloras. Have you read Cripps paper on the snowmelt fungi? She of course did most of her research along the Rockies.