When: 2007-11-21

Collection location: Moran State Park, San Juan Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Sam Linse (BearwoodSam)

No specimen available

Found in small groups in mature mixed coniferous second growth forest of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and at about 640m elevation.

This one has me stumped. It is the oddest one yet with a seemingly normal little brown mushroom cap that really is not a cap. The first picture shows two undisturbed ‘caps’ on the left and one I pulled up to examine. Cap consists of tiny brown cells in light yellow flesh as the second photo shows. The stem is fibrous and peels away by itself as seen in the first photo. It is filled with a gelatinous layer inside, a little more yellow brown than the fibrous parts.
What the heck!

Wow, thanks for the ID Darvin. I would have had no idea where to start looking.


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By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-01-05 00:20:28 CST (-0600)

Man I have never found this species! luck… :)

Cordyceps capitata
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2007-11-21 10:30:47 CST (-0600)

This fungus grows on truffles! If you find it again you can dig down and find the Elaphomyces that it fruits off of. Here is another observation of Cordyceps capitata