When: 2019-06-15

Collection location: Upper Skokomish River, Four Stream, Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Steve (Lokness)

No specimen available

Black Stemonitis.
On log above forest floor. Many of the more typical looking brown S. axifera were also seen, but this just looked way different.
Old Growth never logged forest. Maybe silver fir or western hemlock log?


Stemonitis nigrescens - 10.jpg
What’s the stuff on top?
Stemonitis nigrescens - 14.jpg
Lots and lots of them you can see in the background
Stemonitis nigrescens - 15.jpg

Proposed Names

0% (2)
Used references: Myxomycetes
45% (2)
Recognized by sight: Specimens are not fully formed.
30% (2)
Recognized by sight: I have found specimens that look similar to these. They seem like a transitional species between Symphytocarpus and Stemonitis.
30% (2)
Recognized by sight

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Stemontis vrs. Symphytocarpus – 45% to 46%
By: Steve (Lokness)
2019-06-16 14:26:16 CDT (-0400)

Tight contest. I see the brown Stemonitis all the time – including the trip we took Friday. Nothing new and very common. But this is different. I just hate it when something that is rather obscure (I’ve never seen this before) gets tossed in these big buckets because who ever sees it again?

I’m not saying you are wrong Walt – only that the observation dies with your vote into the Stemonitis bucket. Give it a species name!