When: 2008-05-24

Collection location: Oak Bottom Campground, Siskiyou Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: John Harlan (harlanx6)

No specimen available

This a group of 3 spring coccoras with an ocreata along side for comparison. I thought the coccoras were done after that hot spell we had last weekend, but making my rounds I found them coming up again. 2 of these were a day or 2 old and one (the small one) is fresh. As always, the cap color is cream to yellow, with a solid patch of very white veil material on the cap, and there is no aroma, they have hollow stems with a little cottony material in them. The volva on these is not as prominent as in some I’ve found, but there is no bulb and the stem tapers to a blunt point. I have now examined or collected approximately 200 spring coccoras here in Oak Bottom since the first sprouting on April 20th. I have verified their ID by eating them in several dishes. They are mild tasting and very meaty. What a great place this would be for someone to do a thesis on this subspecies next spring.


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