When: 2011-03-21

Collection location: Soquel, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jeff Riedenauer (Tamsenite)

No specimen available

Found along side trail near a creek w/ mostly tan oak and redwood. There was about 2 dozen of them at least. Storm wasn’t kind to this batch.


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-8% (3)
Recognized by sight
91% (2)
Recognized by sight: smooth exoperidium, growth on woody debris

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Lack of “spines”
By: Douglas Smith (douglas)
2011-03-23 04:56:43 CDT (-0400)

These really do look like L. pyriforme, and the surfaces look rather good. Not really damaged. In the one shot you can see the light brown surfaces breaking up to see the white underneath. If they were more damaged you should see more of this white showing through. THe growth in tight clusters also really looks like L. pyriforme, which can also appear often in the ground, in area with plenty of rotting wood around. Which is like anywhere in a forest…

But on the other hand, if you take a look, L. pyriforme is rarely sited from California, it is common mushroom in Europe and the eastern US.

By: Jeff Riedenauer (Tamsenite)
2011-03-23 04:29:59 CDT (-0400)

No wood or would debri present. This is only a small potion of the collection, in fact there were a lot more growing on the trail in mud. My dog was stepping all over them. This is also right after the heaviest rain/hail fall of the fall/winter season, hence the lack of small spines and there condition.