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Drumstick Truffleclub Fruiting

Finding a mushroom in January is a delightful discovery, especially finding one that is only 3” high with a yellow stipe, or stem, (when in its prime) and a tiny, bumpy brown cap.  Drumstick Truffleclub (Tolypocladium capitatum) is unusual not only for its size, but for the late timing of its fruiting period (typically November/December) and the fact that it is a parasite of another fungus.  If you were to dig down beneath a Drumstick Truffleclub, you would likely find that it was attached to a species of truffle (another fungus). (Photograph by Sally Fellows)

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4 responses

  1. Alice

    I’m happy that Sally noticed a mushroom & took a photo to share….that’s an unusual mushroom…looks chilly & out of place…I’ll need to look up more about where they are found.

    January 13, 2023 at 1:33 pm

  2. Marcia Kilpatrick

    Where (habitat) might you find this fungus?

    January 13, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    • Often it’s found under conifers, especially spruce!

      January 15, 2023 at 10:36 pm

  3. Bill on the Hill

    So the phallic like structure prefers acidity?
    Bill… :~)

    January 16, 2023 at 6:52 am

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