Observation 54019: Tubaria confragosa (Fr.) Harmaja

we found these unusual fungi twice during our two-week stay in mixed taiga forest (Pinus sibirica, Picea obovata, Abies sibirica, Betula pendula, Populus tremula) surrounding the field station. They grew on very mossy rotten logs (most likely deciduous), in small clusters.

The fruitbodies were about 8 cm tall, with caps up to 6 cm in diameter.

My first guess was ex-Naucoria vinicolor, but the whitish belts and conspicuous white ring are puzzling.


View of fruitbodies in situ
fruitbodies in situ, with one pulled out to show ring/gills
gill microstructures
more gill microstructures
a closer look at spores

Proposed Names

39% (4)
Recognized by sight: the only thing it reminds me of is Naucoria vinicolor aka Tubaria punicea
73% (3)
Eye3 Eyes3
Recognized by sight
Used references: Matheny et. al. (2007) – Mycologia, 99(4), 2007, pp. 569–585.

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your initial ID for this Tubaria seems even more likely…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-02-18 19:06:38 GMT (+0000)

after your recent posting of a Siberian dead-ringer for our west coast Amanita novinupta!

When’s our next joint Russian/Californian foray? I’m in! :)

Thank you!
By: Tatiana Bulyonkova (ressaure)
2010-09-29 20:19:48 BST (+0100)

… I was puzzled by the intensity of this feature in all specimens we encountered – the belts and ring were really bright and contrasting on all fruitbodies, which you don’t see in most photos in the Internet. But then I guess you’re right and it’s still T. punicea, because nothing else fits! :)

The species is not in our regional lists, however (Western Siberia I mean), and I’m not even so sure that it occurs in Russia – as far as I’ve understood it occurs only along the West Coast of the US.

Does look a lot like Tubaria punicea
By: caphillkid
2010-09-29 20:06:21 BST (+0100)


“partial veil cortinate, forming a fibrillose zone high on the stipe, often obscure in age.”


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