The "other" Mt. Shasta collections... It's not just the morels.


Mount Shasta

Chromosera cyanophylla -- in terms of beauty this one is unsurpassed. If you can find it of course, as it typically hides behind the bark on nearly decorticated conifers..

Cortinarius 243 -- one of the ubiquitous snowbank Cortinarii, close to the original concept of C. zinziberatus (Fr.). This one probably is C. flavobasalis (nom. prov.)  We saw several tens of fruitbodies, mostly too aged for a good id. It is a hard labor trying to pull these clean out of the substrate for a group portrait. It's even harder to find clean fresh material. The distinctive annulus can be seen only on fresh material. Later it collapses or disappears completely. There are a couple of closely related species that Prof. Ammirati from the UW has been studying. They are mostly not easy to tell apart in the field and the UV light does play a role.

Gautieria sp. Probably monticola, but need to research it further. I was hoping for something more interesting, but that's the most common species in the Spring. Spore size 11-12x6-7

One of the most frequently collected, Spring, montane, snowbank D+(15-30), clustered Hygrophori. H. subalpinus would be an Ok name, but there is a much sturdier specimen that goes by that name too. In general, I do not think that we're in a particularly good state regarding Hygrophorus in California. 

Hygrophorus 133 Another anonymous Spring Hygrophorus --  fruiting without a license or an identity card. No odor.

Clitocybe albirhiza   Distinctive with its lengthy rhizomorphs. This so far has been a poor year for Spring Clitocybe.

Sarcosphaera coronaria -- "The eyes of the Earth". From beneath the duff they spy what's going on above . Ultra common otherwise -- very brittle. MykoWeb has a hilarious line sensu Arora -- "it may concentrate arsenic from the soil..."

Ramaria 474    I'm inspecting all yellow Ramaria that I see -- this one seems to be R. rasilispora complex.

Fruitbodies barely peeking out of the substrate.

Spores: 9-11x3-3.5 smoothish

Inocybe 561 -- have collected this one before. Angular-nodulose spores -- a member of  Section "Inocybe". Pinkish tinges in the upper stipe, seen on less exposed photos.

Inocybe 115 -- collected this one before. Angular-nodulose spores, slight fishy odor. Common in sandy, open pine forests. Will deal with it when I get in the mood for Inocybe again...

Cortinarius 417  This one had a distinct greenish cast. Never seen such before. What is even more peculiar is that the camera refused to pick that greenish cast no matter what I tried -- white balance, flash, no flash, various angles...

Nolanea holoconiota -- 99.9% of all Nolanea collections are that species. I have re-examined it many times to convince myself because it tends to masquerade as other things. . This is a cold weather, early mushroom -- to me it is one of the best indicators of soil temperature -- if present at a location do not expect much of the warmer blooded species to occur... Supposedly the caulocystidia can be seen with a hand lens -- not by me. The left photo is at 160X magnification.

Melanoleuca 228 -- this one is a common sight near snowbanks. It is one of the cystidia-less species in the Genus. We've been calling it melaleuca, but according to some authors robertiana is probably a better name.

Gyromitra montana

Heterotextus alpinus -- it adds a little color to the barren, dark terrain around the melting snow.

Mycena 588