When: 2008-06-03

Collection location: Bassetts, Sierra Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Douglas Smith (douglas)

Specimen available

The margins of these are free, not connected to the stipe. Under the free margins the surface is white.

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Recognized by sight: Stipe is smooth, round (and stuffed). Fertile surface is free from stipe, so it might be a strange one.

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Agreed Darv.
By: Joshua Birkebak (Shua)
2008-06-14 14:52:51 CDT (-0400)

I would also have to say that doesn’t look too much like a californica for the reasons mentioned by Darv. Escuelenta looks like a good bet…

You may already know but Kerry O’donnell is looking for some recent collections of these groups (Gyromitra, Discinia and related genera) specifically ones with good photos and ecological/location data! here is his contact info:

Kerry O’Donnell
1815 N. University St.
Peoria, IL 61604

Was this one scoped?
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2008-06-14 13:20:34 CDT (-0400)

Pseudorhizina californica should have a sulcate stipe with thin ridges that extend as ribs into the bottom of the cap. The stalk is normally pinkish and sometimes lacunose! Based on what’s visible in the photos, this looks like a dried out Gyromitra esculenta, even it the margin is totally free.

Abbott, S. O. & Currah, R. S. (1997). The Helvellaceae: Systematic revision and occurrence in
northern and northwestern North America. Mycotaxon 62: 1-125.

They often have pinkish stipes, too…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2008-06-14 12:28:30 CDT (-0400)