Collection location: Spivey Gap, Yancey Co., North Carolina, USA [Click for map]
Sorry to drag up this ancient observation, but an acquaintance has just found something similar in the Bay Area (which I’ll post later if I get his permission), and I discovered that I can’t find any mention of non-black (or at least non-dark-brown) Daldinia species, and there’s only a single observation of this genus on MO. Does anyone know how to treat a “carbon ball” of this color? These balls were on a fallen oak in the Appalachians, up to 2 cm. Perithecia somewhere around 0.1 to 0.2 mm, filled with black goo. The spores were around 8×3 um with a conspicuous (and handsome) oil drop in one end. The conidia (if that’s what the pruina covering the ball really is) were minute, hyaline dots (less than 1 um).
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:18 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Spivey Gap, Yancey Co., North Carolina, USA’ to ‘Spivey Gap, Mars Hill, North Carolina, USA’
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