Observation 64333: Sphaerophorus venerabilis Wedin, Högnabba & Goward

When: 2011-03-12

Collection location: Millersylvania State Park, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)

No specimen available

Fruiting in large clusters beneath Anlus rubra(Red Alder) and Populus balsamifera(Black cottonwood).

Temp- mid 50’s raining hard last 24hrs.



Proposed Names

33% (2)
Used references: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Pojar, Mackinnon) and various online keys.
56% (1)
Recognized by sight: thick scrobiculate main branches distinguish this from S. tuckermannii
Used references: Wedin, M., F. Högnabba & T. Goward. 2009. A new species of Sphaerophorus, and a key to the family of Sphaerophoraceae in western North America. The Bryologist. 112(2): 368-374.

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Eye3 = Observer’s choice
Eyes3 = Current consensus


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By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-03-13 15:31:38 PDT (-0700)

Your observations are excellent.

Thanks Jason >.<
By: Drew Henderson (Hendre17)
2011-03-13 14:40:40 PDT (-0700)

I was debating between the two(Cladina/Sphaerophorus)… Yet again you saved the day and are teaching me volumes! Much appreciated kind sir

By: Jason Hollinger (jason)
2011-03-13 14:14:08 PDT (-0700)

This fell from a tree. Cladina is nearly exclusively terrestrial. Also, you can note the shiny smooth surface of the branches. Cladina has a soft, dull, webby appearance (it has no cortex).

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