Collection location: 17th Ave. NW & Mix St. NW, Olympia, Thurston Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]
These myco-herotrophic plants are sprouting up everywhere in this small canopy of Western red cedar, Douglas fir and Hemlock trees. We tend to come across a large abundance of various Russula species in this canopy in late August to November.
Note the first few images that show the rhizomatous/mycelial cluster that the Monotropa has attached to-and is gaining nutrients from.
The 4th image shows young specimens along with dried- black specimens (in my hand) from last summer that still remain nearby.
Mainly R. brevipes and R. xerampelina fruit in this canopy in fall.
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are listed as common symbiotes with monotropa in multiple sources. I have photographed and collected R. xerampelina and R. brevipes from that exact spot for multiple fall seasons, and When I pulled up the single flower this entire clump of threads/dirt and buds of small Monotropa all came along for the ride. I have only experienced the same activity when pulling up an ectomycorhizal, mycorhizal or hypogeous fungi. I still could be wrong, but pretty confident that the host species of fungi for these Monotropa are Russula.
How can you tell that it is attached to a rhizomatous/mycelial cluster? I know this is supposed to happen, but how can you be sure this is R. or any other mushroom?