Observation 28559: Flammulaster Earle

When: 2009-11-19

Collection location: Mill Valley, California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)

Specimen available

These things are so tiny, most were less than 1cm tall!

The largest (which I very regrettably destroyed by accidentally leaning on a stick while photographing some Cystolepiota seminuda) was only 1.5 cm tall.

Fruiting from a well decayed branch. I would bet it was tanbark oak, Lithocarpus densiflorus.

Not sure whether these should be called Flammulaster or Phaeomarasmius.

I am sorry that I do not have more images, but it was terribly difficult to get focused pictures of these mushrooms, and only 2 images are worth sharing. The in situ shots were horrendous (it was around sun set when I took them).



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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-11-21 03:47:23 CST (-0500)

Oh. Cool! That is exactly the sort of info that had been eluding me. Thanks for the tip.

I have not found these while walking or standing. They are so small, and blend in so well with the wood they grow on and all the forest litter, that they are really hard to see.

The last one I found (about a year ago, observation 13951) I had slipped and fallen while going down a steep hill, and before I got up I saw the mushroom on a stick nearby, haha. This time I was looking at some slightly larger mushrooms nearby, and these little ones were fruiting on a small log within a yard or so.

My mushroom hunting yesterday literally consisted of crawling around on the ground for an hour or two… I did not get far, I never lost sight of the road, hah.

Looks more like Flammulaster
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2009-11-21 02:35:32 CST (-0500)

Flammulaster should have a more granular surface, and Phaeomarasmius more shaggy. Flammulaster has a granular epithellium, and Phaeomarasmius has a thick-walled trichoderm. Or at least that is what my books say, I haven’t found either yet myself.

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