Observation 275107: Peziza Dill. ex Fr.

Notes:
Cup structure first appears as a hole in the ground. As it develops it can become more complex, open out wider, and flatten. Colors are cream, tab, brown, and slightly gray. Structures crumble easily into small pieces. Excavating reveals a larger portion underground, sometimes. Remarkably few insects -a sole nematode was lethargic and did not try to escape. These are also unmolested by resident wildlife observed to eat other fungi. Each body appears to be loosely associated with feeder roots from nearby pine. Soil is a rich, organic mix that was just added the previous year, sourced from the municipality. Spores appeared on the inner surfaces on May 6th. See new images. Despite minimal wind and 3 ft distance, the spores were also over the camera. These appeared to be white.

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Spores, interior surface.
Look for the ring-shaped holes.
Opening in situ
Excavation started.
One fruit body excavated. Only the opened area on the left was above ground.
Sizes of openings were about one inch or so.
Note the narrow red roots that appear to come from a nearby pine tree. They make physical contact with each body.
The older body has flattened out. The younger ones retain a cup-like structure.
Spores noted.
Spores, inner (in this case that has become upper) surface.

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They are growing in compost-rich soil
By: Jeanne G (Munch)
2017-04-29 23:24:22 CDT (-0400)

They were not on a campfire, no. The soil is just very black from compost. These are in an area with cedar and other conifers.

Hi,
By: Claude Kaufholtz-Couture (Claude Kaufholtz-Couture)
2017-04-29 07:21:31 CDT (-0400)

On a campfire ?

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