Photos / Sounds

What

Woolly Bird's Nest Fungus Nidula niveotomentosa

Observer

dianar2

Date

March 15, 2020 11:48 AM PDT

Description

Lots of these little guys scattered on twigs in the McDonald Dunn Forest. The genus Nidula does not have a funiculus attaching the peridioles to the cup. Rather, they are encased in a sticky gel, as shown in the cut away close-ups. I had to get a measurement of the peridioles before posting. Those of N. niveotomentosa are under 1 mm, as shown. The other option, N candida, has peridioles over 1mm. Also note the epiphram, (the lid) starting to dissolve in the last pic.

Photos / Sounds

What

Fluted Brown Elfin Saddle Helvella maculata

Observer

autumna

Date

March 12, 2020 12:10 PM PDT

Description

I found the most impressive H. maculata! This almost looked like a porcelain sculpture in the forest.
This impressive specimen was:
Height: 230mm
Cap width: 60mm
Stipe width: 70 mm
Stipe at apex: 25mm

The cap was a spotted brown color and the abhymenium was a fuzzy grey color. The stipe was white and grey where exposed, and all white where it was buried under the duff and soil. You can see the 3-4 inch white section at the base.
This ascomycete features an 8 spore asci with little oil droplets beside the spores. The paraphyses have clavate tips. The spores are widely elliptical with one large oil droplet in them.