When: 2011-09-24

Collection location: near White Pass, Yakima Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: BlueCanoe

No specimen available

Very small, note hemlock needles for scale. Found in a forest of mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana), Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis), and Alaska yellow cedar (Xanthocyparis nootkatensis). About 4,500 feet in elevation. Found by J.G.

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Proposed Names

28% (1)
Recognized by sight
45% (4)
Recognized by sight
36% (4)
Recognized by sight
Used references: If color is correct, very similar to picture and description in G.J.Krieglsteiner Ed., Die Grosspilze Baden-Wuerttembergs, Vol.2. (2000), p 67.
86% (2)
Recognized by sight: Fits well a Ramaria I’m finding currently.
Used references: Pacific Northwest Spring Ramaria Species: Subhenera Laeticolora and Ramaria – Michael Beug

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Add Comment
By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2012-06-14 15:36:42 AEST (+1000)

I have not looked at armeniaca microscopically, but will the next time I find it.

I believe
By: Dennis Oliver
2012-06-14 08:49:08 AEST (+1000)

I’m pretty comfortable with the picture key id of R. armeniaca. just wondering if you have ever looked at the microscopy. In the vernal keys to Ramaria the microscopic characters are striking: ‘spring apricot’ (armeniaca) clampless, nearly smooth spores and non-amyloid staining vs non-bruising pinkinner (rubicarnata) clamps, warty spores and amyloid staining stipe. I love Kit’s names.

By: Drew Parker (mycotrope)
2012-06-14 02:34:44 AEST (+1000)

The entry for R. armeniaca in Ramaria of the Pacific Northwestern United States (2006) – Ron Exeter, states that it has also been recorded from western Oregon in Douglas and Polk counties, both of which are in the I-5 corridor. R. rubricarnata var. verna would tend to be more “salmon” yellow.

Ramaria armeniaca
By: Dennis Oliver
2012-06-13 19:18:40 AEST (+1000)

The color as seen in the photo: white base, yellow-orange branches looks good R. armeniaca is a spring coral and found in eastern washington and Idaho. Another possibility would be Ramaria rubicarnata var. verna which has clamps, amyloid stipe flesh and larger warted spores.

Ramaria aurea: possible but improbable
By: Dennis Oliver
2012-06-12 19:52:34 AEST (+1000)

Ramaria as a genus has been extensively studied in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning with Curry Marr’s Ramaria of Western Washington (1973), Kit Scates study of Ramaria culminating in her trial key to Ramaria (1981) recently revised by Dr. Mike Beug (2010) and Ron Exeter et al. (2006) Ramaria of the Pacific Northwestern United States.

In 39 years of study Ramaria aurea has never been reported from the Pacific Northwest. There are lots of yellow Ramaria in the PNW but R. aurea is not one of them. Just because it looks like a yellow Ramaria in a book from Europe means little in comparison to the available literature in the PNW.