This was collected under a large live oak. The portion photographed was a small piece of a much larger collection that spread out along a line for about a meter on the forest floor. Some of it was on wood (as shown) and some of it appeared to be on litter only, but wood may have been below it. The really small, spiny spores eliminate most of the other likely suspects, and everything seems to fit R. myceliosa well except the habitat (hardwood litter). Exeter makes a point of it being on conifer litter. There may have been a Douglas fir nearby, but in dissected the litter I could find no evidence of any needles.

Location was at the bottom of the horse trail, just across from the Ohlone village. Approximate GPS is 38.0452, -122.8045

The ID I originally added was Ramaria myceliosa, but MO says the correct name is now Phaeoclavulina curta (Fr.) Giachini, which I went with, but did not check.


a less than beautiful image of the spores at 100X in cotton blue

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Small size, tan color, lots of mycelial cords, habitat on wood
Used references: Exeter et al.
Based on microscopic features: Spore size 4.7- 5.0 X 3.1, and ornamentation (minutely spiny)

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