Observation 27556: Ramaria formosa (Pers.) Quél.

When: 2009-10-29

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

Who: Ryane Snow (snowman)

No specimen available



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Recognized by sight: found in coastal mixed conifer forest <1 mile inland
56% (1)
Recognized by sight: Pinkish branches, with yellow tips.

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Ramarias are difficult
By: Ryane Snow (snowman)
2009-10-30 23:02:41 CDT (-0500)

Thanks Doug for the info. Next time I’ll photomicrograph the spores. Boy these Ramarias are difficult!

Not that this helps much…
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-10-30 10:45:11 CDT (-0500)

But, R. rasilispora should be only yellow, with mostly off-white branches. If it is orange, yellow-orange, pinkish, or other off-yellow colors, then it can’t be R. rasilispora. Not that this helps much, there are a number of orange to yellow-orange Ramarias in the Mendocino area that don’t seem to match existing Ramaria descriptions all that well. This one looks at least a little pinkish in the branches, and the conjoined base looks fairly good also, so it might be R. formosa. Which is common enough in the Mendocino area.

And a spore shot isn’t that hard with Ramaria, as long as they are old enough there are lots of spores. Of course when the produce lots of spores they go yellow-brown and you lose some of the color, so they get harder to id… But I still haven’t been able to come up with a technique to be able to determine the clamp connections on the base of the basidia with any confidence, yet. I cut thin, I squash hard, I look, and I look, and I still just think I am fooling myself one way or the other…

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