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West Coast Rare 10 Challenge

Your help is needed to find rare fungi
Join us from October 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021


Help us find and document ten rare, under-documented and potentially threatened fungi on the West Coast. Scientists and conservationists need more data on these fungi in order to better understand and protect them. Your high quality observations can make a difference.

Participating is easy:

  1. Decide which of the following fungi might be growing in a habitat that you are planning to visit between October 15, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
  2. Print out the information in the links for the species you’re interested in and bring it along, or have it handy on your phone.
  3. If you think you’ve found one of the Rare 10, follow the instructions on the pamphlet for each species.
    Consider emailing us at
    conservation@fundis.org to let us know, and to ask any questions.
  4. We are also very interested in other fungi that you might find in these habitats.
    Consider joining our iNaturalist Project and sharing your observation there.
    Instructions are
    here, if you’re unsure how to do this.
  5. Consider getting a collecting permit if you’re thinking of visiting an area where collecting is restricted.
    More information can be found here.

THE RARE 10



The Ghost Funnel
(Stereopsis humphreyi)

Region: Pacific Northwest: OR, WA, BC, AK

Habitat: Coastal Sitka spruce forests

Season: Late September - December

View PDF Pamphlet



The Western Bondarzewia
(Bondarzewia occidentalis)

Region: Pacific Northwest

Habitat: Mature/old growth forests

Season: Fall in to winter

 
View PDF Pamphlet


The Piggyback Pinkgill
(Volvariella surrecta)

Region: Forested mountain habitats from southern California to British Columbia

Habitat: Parasite on Clitocybe

Season: Fall

 
View PDF Pamphlet



The Stalked Oddball
(Dictyocephalos attenuatus)

Region: CA, NV, AZ, four corners area

Habitat: Desert areas

Season: After spring rains/summer monsoons

 
View PDF Pamphlet


Manzanita Butter Clump
(Pachycudonia spathulata)

Region: CA coast range and Sierra foothills, maybe WA or OR

Habitat: Under Manzanita and Pacific Madrone

Season: Winter - early spring

 
View PDF Pamphlet



The Golden-gilled Waxy Cap
(Hygrocybe flavifolia)

Region: Northern CA, maybe OR

Habitat: Coastal redwood forests

Season: October - February

 
View PDF Pamphlet



Little Blue Polypore
(Neoalbatrellus subcaeruleoporus)

Region: Northern CA, OR, WA and BC

Habitat: Under Western hemlock, Douglas fir, and other conifers

Season: September - January

 
View PDF Pamphlet



The Meadow Amanita
(Amanita pruittii)

Region: Northern CA and OR

Habitat: Wet grasslands, disturbed land

Season: October - December

 
View PDF Pamphlet


The Purple Prince
(Ramaria purpurissima)

Region: Northern CA, SW Oregon and NW Idaho; WA?

Habitat: Old-growth forests; under Red and White fir, Western hemlock and Douglas fir

Season: Fall - early winter

 
View PDF Pamphlet



The Yellow-gilled Cypress Lepiota
(Lepiota luteophylla)

Region: Northern CA

Habitat: Under Monterey cypress

Season: November - February

 
View PDF Pamphlet

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