Collection location: near Diamond and Crater Lakes, Douglas and Klamath Cos., Oregon, USA [Click for map]
Ah, these guy were cute, I hadn’t seen them before. With the wrinkled stipes, I was wondering if these were a basidiomyte at first, like a weird Craterellus or something, where the cap is very inrolled. But I didn’t know what that was.
Then after bit I realized they looked like L. lubrica, and then thought, ah, Asci.
Funny little guy, grew in big clumps of a few hundred each. I guess they don’t grow in CA, but are common in Oregon.
These would carpet the forest floor in some years, then be absent for 5 or 6 years. I would collect them under Sitka spruce in the coastal zone near McKinleyville, CA. I’ve seen them from the Bay Area only once in twenty years.