Collection location: Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia [Click for map]
Typical, or maybe even unusually robust (if that word applies to something that puny) Macrocystidia cucumis fruitbodies. It’s a rare species here but there’s a very distressed (dog poo, garbage, Acer negundo infestation) planted mixed Pinus+Betula forest nearby where it’s quite common.
Colorless ammonia microphotos were taken by Nina Filippova, I took the Congo red shot of the pleurocystidia.
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I’m not even that sure that they’re typical for our area in a broader sense, because I’ve only seen it in one place, a stretch of forest along one of Akademgorodok’s streets (so no other fruiting locations to compare these to).
I first found it in 2005 when I was just beginning to take active interest in mushrooms and thought, aha, cool, Macrocystidias (I’d just bought my copy of Mushrooms Demystified and knew that this was one of the easily recognizable LBMs). It didn’t even occur to me that it was rare. This autumn I was talking to our leading local mycologist, Irina Gorbunova, and she mentioned having just found a Macrocystidia quite proudly – she said she’d never seen it in our area before.
So my Macrocystidia patch is probably just a case of fool’s luck %)
These look so different from the ones I see around here. Neato!
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