Identification: Cherry Laurel fungus

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Dixie, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Dixie

    Dixie Active Member

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    this fungi was growing on our state champion Carolina Cherry Laurel this last fall. at the base and about 3 foot up the trunk. any thoughts to its id?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The pic has fallen off!
     
  3. Dixie

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    ooopps! here it is.
     

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    I'm surprised no one has answered this one yet. I recently saw a picture of fungi that look just like yours, but can't recall it for the life of me. More people check the board during normal mushroom-finding-weather (i.e. spring, summer, fall), but i'm still surprised no one has pegged this one yet!
     
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    thanks for the reply MycoRob. I will check back.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Sometimes it's necessary to make a spore print to get the identification down to a particular kind. Having these pop out of the tree doesn't bode well, of course.
     
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    what is a spore print?
     
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    I agree that a spore print, especially for these mushrooms, would be quite useful in getting an ID. Here is a VERY detailed description of what a spore print is, how to take one, and why they are important. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/spore_print.html
     
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    Harri Harmaja Active Member 10 Years

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    Psathyrella spadicea (P. sarcocephala may be a synonym). In the UK, species of the genus Psathyrella are called brittlestems.

    The habitat and habit, as shown in the photo, of this fungus are very characteristic.

    Cheers Harri Harmaja
    http://www.fmnh.helsinki.fi/users/harmaja/about_myself.htm
     
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    thanks for the responses. when they pop up again, i will have to try the spore print.
     

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