Collected at PNW Key Council spring foray, 2017
Single to gregarious in soil under shrubs – rose, dogwood etc. near Quercus, Pseudotsuga, + unidentified smaller hardwood
Cap – < 3.7 cm diam., sub-acute conical; hygrophanous; reddish-ochre at first, drying to ochraceous-buff; smooth, lubricous,
Gills – deeply notched but attached; close; pale orange-ochre, sub-serrate edges;
Stipe – < 10.0 cm tall x 0.8 cm wide; dry; striate to grooved; no annulus; deeply rooting.
Micro – spores ~ 5-7 × 3-3.5, oblong, white, smooth, inamyloid
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The spores are supposed to be amyloid. A weak reaction may be shown in your photo.
but seem to fade over time, like many colored fungi.
not all examples are “picture perfect,” eh?
we’ll see how well our macro/micro ID matches up to the DNA.
We plan to have this sequenced, so something to look forward to.
Cap color is described as brick red for Caulorhiza hygrophoroides
Steve Nelsen. THE FALSE WITCHʼS CAP AN UNUSUAL FUNGUS FROM NORTH AMERICA. Field Mycology Volume 6(4), October 2005
Also Mycophile 46(4): 19
most of the known obsies of this sp. have been from Quebec, in disturbed forest.
One prior known specimen came from OR.
From the IUCN Global Redlist webpage, http://iucn.ekoo.se/iucn/species_view/106561:
“Caulorhiza hygrophoroides is wood-decaying fungus easily identified because of its deep brick-red cap and its longitudinally striate, twisted, solid and tough stem that is strongly rooting”
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