Observation 3385: Mitrula elegans Berk.

When: 2005-06-09

Collection location: Bassetts, Sierra Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

No specimen available

Observation from the “Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada”, June 9th, 2005, Yuba Pass region.

Id’ed by Dr. Desjardin

These were so annoying to get. They actually grow in ~2 inches of water, with just the orange bulbs at the end above water. So, to hunt for these, you tromp around in 1-6 inches of water, in early June, at 8,000 feet, where it had snowed the day before… I was very cold and miserable, but continued for the 1/2 hour it took to find these, and then I gave up, and was out of there.

They were a pretty little fungus, and I guess worth it to find them, but I was a low point in terms of cold and wet for the week with these…

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