Jim Ginns and I  travelled to  coastal Washington and British Columbia in the fall of 1999 but it was a very dry year.  I took ONE picture in the Hoh Valley on the Olympic peninsula so things were not looking good.    Fortunately, we stopped off at Manning Park about 2 hours or so west of Penticton where Jim and Ann reside in the BC interior.   If we had taken three hours instead of two Jim wouldn't have got that speeding ticket.  Watch out for PHOTORADAR! At any rate we found a number of fungi in PRIME condition (see last month's special) and I am adding a few more of the things we found up there.

Mycena rosella             

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It's hard to beat a Mycena for sheer beauty.  They are small, delicate, come in a range of pretty colours are usually in nice arrangements and often haveinteresting textures.  What more can you ask?     And all you have to do is press the button!

Stropharia hornemannii  

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This Stropharia is widespread across NA and not uncommon but I probably saw more of it here than the rest of my life and in prime condition.

Catathelasma ventricosa

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This large, solid mushroom is pretty distinctive with its whitish to greyish cap and large veil.  Reputedly edible! 

Hypomyces  luteovirens     

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This species is parasitic on species of Lactarius and Russula.    I haven't seen it in Eastern NA.   The species name suggests the shades of green and yellow of  the parasitized hosts.  You can just about make out the perithecia embedded in the pseudostroma (tissue made up of both host and parasite).

Clavariadelphus pistillaris

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We found at least two species of Clavariadelphus.  The other one appeared to be C. ligula but could have been C. saccaliensis.  I'll have to ask Jim.

Gyromitra infula  

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This species of the Sac Fungi is widespread across North America but I've seen it often in the west and infrequently in the east.