Observation 6072: Plectania Fuckel

When: 2008-01-15

Collection location: San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)

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By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2008-01-16 21:57:52 CST (-0500)

Its not anything suggested so far. When I first saw it I thought it was Craterellus so I grabbed it, but it is growing out of a wood chip and is much smaller. Its no polypore, its a little cup fungus type thing that reminds me a lot of the Nidurlariaceae. Its color and texture is just like a Craterellus as far as I could tell, but I didn’t save the sample. Its about 1.5 cm across.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-16 13:44:02 CST (-0500)

Really doesn’t look like any of the phellodon species documented online.
Your observation just posted looks a little bit closer, but alan will need to confirm whether it had teeth or not.

I wouldn’t rule out a terribly old Polyporus, though they tend to be less funnel shaped and with a thinner, more defined stipe.

Phellodon atratus?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-01-16 12:32:49 CST (-0500)

Stipe texture very roughened, almost toothed, but habitat anomalous, also no debris has been incorportated into the fruit body (I will post my Phellodon photo separately). Too deeply funnel-shaped for a polyporus, base too wide, stipe texture wrong, not a good fit for Coltrichia, either. Not a perfect match for Phellodon for that matter. Process of elimination might get us an ID.
Do you still have it? Did it have pores under the cap? Curious critter.

Old Polyporus?
By: Nathan Wilson (nathan)
2008-01-16 12:09:44 CST (-0500)

I doubt very much that it’s a Craterellus. In my experience Coltricia rarely has a really depressed center like this does. The habitat and the shape are much more consistent with either Polyporus badius or P. elegans, but it’s so old I’d have a very hard time deciding between those two.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-16 04:33:59 CST (-0500)

Odd substrate, but either a really old Craterellus cornucopioides or a really old Coltricia cinnamomea.

It would of course help to see the underside. If it had pores, then Coltricia, if it was smooth, then Craterellus.