Observation 272537: Asterella P.Beauv.

Gill photo rotted in the tackle box before I could get it uploaded, but I did do micro on these.

Pleurocystidia: absent
Cheilocystidia: absent
Basidia: absent
Gill trama: parallel to absent

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My pleasure
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-21 13:35:41 GMT (+0000)

I am relieved to see that you were willing to change your original position, as I have appreciated and respected your insights and identifications over the last couple of years. Thanks also to mishroom.

I also wanted that I let professor Peter Bryant of UCI know about my sighting of his photos in reference to the identification of your liverwort wort. He sited another really interesting find that is usually found in the same habitat.


He also the excitedly wondered if I was living in Laguna Beach. I think he is glad to find someone who is interested in his field. If you do live in this area he might be a good contact. If I were ever in that area I know I would look him up, but unfortunately the closest I will ever come is Salinas.

Keep finding those little gems, fungul or not.

A person’s actually interested in this!
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-03-21 04:41:46 GMT (+0000)

(You, Matt), so I will be serious for a moment :)

Credit to Michelle Hinojosa (mishroom) for drawing attention to something I’d seen and ignored due to fungal chauvinism. I.e., she found ’em.

I admit they look kinda cool, for a plant. I’m surprised something so recognizable to a complete novice is so localized, so, thankful to you for actually looking up Asterella!

I called it moss in situ like an idiot, but got to Asterella by googling images “bryophyte” → “liverwort” → “pogonatum” → “polytrichaceae” → “liverwort” → “hornwort” → “asterella”. Decided it was good after after checking the other genera in its family.

Go Matt!!

interesting also
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-21 03:33:52 GMT (+0000)

is that this last sighting and your sighting are also only 17.3 miles away from each other… and still two other sightings I saw online are within 50 miles of yours as the crow flies.

I did a little more digging and this isnt surprising as it is native to sw California and the baja and that its fruiting time is Feb-Apr with dark brown spore cases. Its found in “Soil banks in rather dry situations”

More on this one here http://www.efloras.org/...

I fascinating find indeed. I envy you.

i do not understand
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-21 03:13:40 GMT (+0000)

why absurd?

If I look at image at original size and look at several comparative images they look identical. I cannot show in the comments sections, but this sure seems like Asperella palmeri

Check out the stem and the basal structures around each stem in this image.

Then check out the fruiting bodies under the close up image of this image, there appears to be 3 fruiting bodies on in each pic just like in this one with black in spore cases just like in yours.

If anything I thank you for pointing me to new sources to study tonight.

By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-03-21 02:30:35 GMT (+0000)
the chlorophyll on top and basal part
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-21 02:27:22 GMT (+0000)

struck me immediately of a liverwort.

I googled it and found these images which are identical, look closely at the last two
and notice the fruiting bodies and red stem

The scaley liverwort like top with chlorophyll appearance really shows in this one