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Observation 285702: Auricularia Bull.

Notes:
Growing on dead wood, rehydrated for better id. Definitely tree ear.

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this looks
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2017-09-21 16:20:09 CDT (-0500)

like one of the two “hairy” species given the pale, frosty look to the abhymenium. that would make it what we used to call A. polytricha until it was revealed that the new and old world populations are genetically distinct (enter A. nigricans). if it is either of those, I think it might constitute a range extension. both are, to the best of my knowledge, tropical, and the old world one would have to be a naturalized, escaped cultivar. it is not known to occur naturally in the western hemisphere.

Growing on hardwood
By: Karen (oldmanofthewoods)
2017-08-17 08:19:24 CDT (-0500)

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Was this on hardwood or conifer?
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2017-08-10 09:54:16 CDT (-0500)

Two North American species are Auricularia angiospermarum (hardwood) and A. americanum (conifer).