Collection location: Nelson Creek, Plumas National Forest, California, USA [Click for map]
Who: Mike (mjfriend)
Can anyone suggest which group this specimen might fall into (or family or genus.
This looks like an ascomycete, but may be a basidomycete in its button stage. It is globose, small (4-6 mm diameter), and has a very short stipe (1 mm).
It was found on decaying wood on a shaded north facing slope, in mixed conifer-hardwood forest (dominated by Douglas fir), at 4550 foot elevation. The site is in the Plumas National Forest, at the northern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northeastern California.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:03:41 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Nelson Creek, Plumas Nat Forest’ to ‘Nelson Creek, Plumas National Forest, California, USA’
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I don’t know what it is either, Debbie. But I think I have found it as well here in Multnomah Co., OR (Larch Mtn.). I don’t remember if it was growing on wood or not. My specimen may have been even smaller, and may not have had the white veination on the outside.
Daniel B. Wheeler
This sure looks like some of the insect galls we have in the midwest. What was inside when you cut it open?
I have actually been to the Plumas NF! I don’t know for sure if I’ve been to Nelson Creek.