When: 2008-01-18

Collection location: Salt Point State Park, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Darvin DeShazer (darv)

No specimen available

SOMA Camp 2008

Species Lists


Dr. Tom Volk attempting to get the spores to “puff” in a cloud of smoke.

Proposed Names

12% (2)
Recognized by sight
79% (1)
Used references: H. lacunosa s.s. is not in North America
See Nguyen, Nhu H., et al. “The Helvella lacunosa species complex in western North America: cryptic species, misapplied names and parasites.” Mycologia 105.5 (2013): 1275-1286.

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By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-20 18:57:58 -05 (-0500)

Haha, very cool! Now we just need a video of H. lacunosa “puffing”. I’ll have to try next time i run across them.

more spore cloud movies
By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2008-01-20 17:48:26 -05 (-0500)

At the top of this page there are three more cute movies of the phenomenon:

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-20 03:21:08 -05 (-0500)

And here is a link to a thread with video and photos of some Cup Fungi “puffing” spores. It’s really cool looking, you should definitely check it out:


By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2008-01-20 03:18:31 -05 (-0500)

Wait, H. lacunosa “puffs” spores??

I’ve seen it personally while trying to collect Peziza and instead, getting powdered with spores each time I agitated the mushrooms. Even after picking, I kept getting puffed in the face as I tried to carry a box of mushrooms down a hill.
Tapping or blowing on them seems to cause the discharge of a cloud of spores.

So then, can all Ascomycetes “puff” spores?

Hehe, looks like Tom and everyone are having a good time at SOMA. I’ll have to try and make it next year.