A solitary specimen fruiting atop a very decayed log in oak-hickory woods.


Copyright © 2018 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2018 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2018 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2018 Judi Thomas

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight
2% (2)
Recognized by sight
13% (3)
Recognized by sight: Reminds me a little of Cymatoderma
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Here is a link on the subject that some may find interesting.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2018-10-01 17:32:34 PDT (-0700)

“A revised family-level classification of the Polyporales (Basidiomycota)”
Authors: Alfredo Justo and Daviid Hibbet
Fungal Biology, Vol. 121, Issue 9, pp. 788-853

Yes, indeed, Django. After more research
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2018-10-01 17:20:49 PDT (-0700)

I came across some information (on Kou’s web site, that Podoscypha has been found in Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, S. Carolina, Brazil, and in Missouri at one of our annual forays in an area not far from the location of my observation, which is — of relevance — oak-hickory woods. Apparently, at that foray, it was initially mistaken for Cotylidia but then sent to a professional mycologist for a more accurate identification. The descriptions I have read and the photos I have seen convince me that it is in this genus. Its species (?petaloides?)will continue to elude me unless I come across another specimen and can get it home safely next time:=) Thank you so much for your feedback and for narrowing down the genus in this observation. Very helpful!

Alan, thank you for the comment about Cymatoderma. That sent me on
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2018-10-01 12:05:16 PDT (-0700)

a search to learn about that genus. Can only find scant info on online and all but a few obs on MO are from South America. There are a few from Florida and one from Louisiana which fits with the description of this as a tropical and subtropical genus. I did notice in one helpful resource I found that it is “closely related to Stereum”, which was my first impression and thus the reason for my proposing that genus as a name for my observation. I threw this specimen in my basket thinking I would take more and better close-up photos when I got home, but apparently it was lost along the way and no where to be found. So the mystery will continue. However, I now know that it fits under your name suggestion of Polyporales sensu lato, in spite of having no visible pores. I learned a lot of new things today thanks to your suggestions. Thank you.

Most informative resource I found:

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