Elaphocordyceps longisegmentis

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Elaphocordyceps longisegmentis

31 October 2013 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Cordyceps longisegmentis

Cap

Sub-spherical, dark reddish brown, to about 1 cm across

Stem

Cylindrical, equal, yellowish, to about 10 cm high

Flesh

Yellowish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

Autumn

Distribution

Rarely recorded, and easily confused with Cordyceps canadensis

Habitat

Seeming to grow on soil, but attached to buried fungi in the Elaphomyces genus

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

The spindle shaped spores form strings, which break into individual spores measuring (23-45) x (4-5) µm2.

Edibility

Unknown

Notes

The specimens shown produced spores measuring (36-42) µm x 4 µm . This species is readily confused with Cordyceps canadensis which has smaller spores.

Additional Photographs

Elaphocordyceps longisegmentis

Spores viewed with a x40 microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 31 October Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Elaphocordyceps longisegmentis

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion microscope objective and x2.5 projection eyepiece. 31 October Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin