Collection location: Mendocino Co., California, USA [Click for map]
The truffle Kjeldsenia aureispora was named in honor of SOMA co-founder, Dr. Chris Kjeldsen. It is an unusual genus that has a white outside peridium that stains yellow then turns reddish brown upon handling. It is placed in the family Cortinariaceae and is thought to be close to Hymenogaster. This is a photo of the holotype that was collected on Hwy 20 in Mendocino County, CA and published by one of Dr. Kjeldsen’s former students, Dr. Wes Colgan III.
Mycotaxon 55: 175-178. 1995.
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Daniel B. Wheeler – The Mycotaxon article says" 500 ft. elevation in a mixed stand Abies grandis, Lithocarpus densiflora, and Pseudotsuga menziesii".
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