Observation 8121: Phaeolus schweinitzii (Fr.) Pat.

When: 2008-06-26

Collection location: Sitka, Alaska, USA [Click for map]

Who: Matt Goff (gwark)

No specimen available

Notes:
It seems like Toasted Marshmallow Fungus might be an appropriate name for this, but I have no idea what other people call it. I believe (though am not absolutely certain) that the black on the right cluster is where part of the fungus was broken off.

[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:06:01 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Sitka, Alaska’ to ‘Sitka, Alaska, USA’

Images

Taken the day after the first two.
Continuing to follow the growth of this fungus.
Continuing to follow the growth of this fungus.
Continuing to follow the growth of this fungus.
The fungus is continuing to grow. I’m going to try to follow it at least until it starts to obviously decay.
The fungus is continuing to grow. I’m going to try to follow it at least until it starts to obviously decay.
This particular fungus seems to have reached marturity.
This particular fungus seems to have reached marturity.

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Used references: Observation 627 looks similar.

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Context for this observation
By: Matt Goff (gwark)
2008-07-14 15:07:38 CDT (-0400)

Having followed the development of this particular individual to maturity, Phaeolus schweinitzii seems correct. It was photographed at the base of a Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis). I’m not sure how typical this is, as from what I’ve read, this fungus is typically associated with pines (which I presume to be Pinus spp). A few years ago I photographed what I believe is the same fungus in a location just a few feet away, however I had not noticed again in intervening years. While I’m not certain, it does suggest that this particular fungus may not fruit every year.

Created: 2008-06-27 02:38:31 CDT (-0400)
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