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#1 Skywatcher

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:02 PM

I have never seen these. They appeared about 4 days after a really heavy rain. This is under the bird feeder, so there is a lot of seed material in the soil. 

It has a very faint mushroom smell when broken. The holes in the tops were what caught my eye,and when I carefully pulled one out f the ground, they are pretty solid, like the cap material on a mushroom. A slug was inside, eating. the body of the mushroom is a thin, spherical, wall, with no other parts but an opening at the top. 

 

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Any ideas? Is this even a mushroom?

This is how they look in the ground. The larger group was a multi chambered colony.

 

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This is a single, pulled, dirt wiped away somewhat, on a brick.Unknown Fungus single whole.jpg

 

The same broken open, you can see the whitish interior, the thin walls, and the happy slug.

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A collection of more pieces broken open to show interior and structure.

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 20 December 2016 - 09:17 PM.

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#2 HankoDelicious

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:20 AM

Seems to be a species of cup fungi. 


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:24 AM

Pretty cool cup fungi. We have some like this on the east side of the cascades in Oregon called Crown Cup. They have a bit more of a lavender interior and I think that they are out in the fall but it has been a while... strange creatures mushrooms are... I like how the exterior picks up soil for camouflage, they remind me of sea anemones.
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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:28 AM

very interesting indeed. smart enough to have found a mother load of grain to eat and to perhaps have birds carry off bits of flesh that can grow where they are dropped? mjroom.


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 11:32 AM

I pay a lot of attention to that area, and this is the first time I have ever seen them. I do see mycelium at times, clump growing in places under that tree. I wondered if they were a cup fungi. They are about 1" to 1 1/2 " diameter. I left quite a few undisturbed to see what they do over a few days. I am in S. California, and it has been cooler in the 68F high to 47F low range.

 

As I said, we had a substantial rain, 5+ inches in a 24 hour period about 5 days ago. I am at +2,500 ' elevation, if that has any bearing.



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

Needs microscopy or DNA sequencing to identify.    Hopefully you saved it!


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:45 PM

Needs microscopy or DNA sequencing to identify.    Hopefully you saved it!

After two months, I did not save it, but I left the area undisturbed. I just went out with a flashlight to have a look, and it appears there may still be a few there, or they are possibly new ones in the same spot. I have no idea how I would get the testing you mentioned.

Would you be interested if I was to mail one to you?


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:48 AM

looks like a form of peziza sp.?

 

 

here's some I found in my garden this january.....if I had to guess, I would say mine and yours are very closely related.....

 

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 10:33 AM

looks like a form of peziza sp.?

 

here's some I found in my garden this january.....if I had to guess, I would say mine and yours are very closely related.....

 

If not the same..........................

Those sure look like the ones I found fungi2



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

well, I'm in northern AZ at 4500 feet above sea level.....so about 2000 foot higher than you, but probably around the same latitude.


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