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A very unique, edible fungus (there is not much to eat though). Its usually found in troops in mountain or near-mountain forests.
Spotted on Aug 15, 2011
Submitted on Aug 25, 2011
You are definitely right! What is also amazing is the unbelievable diversity of the fungus. It can be very hard to identify a find, especially if there are many subspecies. Thanks for the info, shebebusynow, I updated the name :)
It always amazes me that fungus can look so alike on opposite sides of the planet. I just found this same mushroom (which, btw, is in its own genus now, Alloclavaria) on a grassy hill near conifers in Oregon, growing in a very pronounced fairy ring. It's never fruited there before (it's on a neighbor's lawn that is closely watched).