Herbarium Specimen: UBC F25469

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Fruting bodies 1-2 × 1-1.5 cm
Inflated cells from the peridium

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Fresh olives have odor
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-05-03 18:06:23 PDT (-0700)

very similar to extra-virgin olive oil, if that helps.

Fresh olive odor
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (
2012-05-03 16:33:05 PDT (-0700)

It might have had fresh olive odor, if we knew how the fresh olives smell. We missed the opportunity in 1969 when we were in Italy. OAC

After reading the illustration
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-05-03 16:17:55 PDT (-0700)

I am nearly certain of your identification, Oluna & Adolf. Close proximity of fruiting bodies, often surrounded by dense, fibrous mycelial matte of interwoven rhizomorphs strongly supports H. separabile.

I noticed your description of the aroma as “fruity.” By chance did you notice a characteristic fresh olive odor?

Added drawing would answer your questions
By: Oluna & Adolf Ceska (
2012-05-03 13:47:09 PDT (-0700)

Habitat: in mixed forest with Pseudotsuga menziesii, Thuja plicata, Abies grandis, & Acer macrophyllum
Growing by the trail, one fruiting body was exposed at the soil surface, the others were in a group of about ten individuals, ca. 3 cm deep in the soil

More data, please.
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-05-03 09:51:50 PDT (-0700)

Loculate? (Small chambers within the glebs, when I blow the photo up, it looks like they may be present.)

Does the peridium easily separate from the gleba? That’s where the species epithet separabile comes from.

Texture of gleba: gelatinous? superball? soft? cheese-like?

I can see the spores, but can’t tell what size they are. Elaborate?

Nearby tree species? Were these all found in a clump or were they found individually in the same general area?

Sorry for all the questions, but Hysterangium is similar to Trappea and Destuntzia in general appearance. H. separabile is by far the most common species reported to date in B.C. But there’s reason to believe there are other species there too.