[PNW Key Council Foray]
On a conifer stick. The exact location not known.
Caps diameter 2-3 mm (the stick in the picture is 18 mm thick). Fruitbody appears gelatinous after rehydration in water. Asci 65-70 × 6.5-7. Spores 7.5-9 × 2.5-3. Paraphyses cylindrical, 1.5 microns wide. No reactions in Melzer’s.
The asci and spores are way to small for common species of Cudoniella. The only reference I have about the name I’m proposing is the remark in Beug, Bessette, & Bessette: “Neocudoniella albiceps (Peck) Korf is a rare species very similar in size, aspect and sometimes color (the head can be white or rose), but stalk is gelatinous and translucent to tan to brown or sometimes rose, and the spores are much smaller (5-8 × 2-3 microns).”
It would be nice if someone could confirm this id.
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