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Luurt: I collected these specimens back in late November last year in the Vancouver, WA area.
and have been fussing over them ever since
I think that I have it narrowed down to two possibilities, but only very tentatively
Right now I'm vacillating between Hypoxylon and Daldinia.
Help with identification would be appreciated
Dick B: After reading a few descriptions in MatchMaker
it would seem the alternating layer of the interior would point toward Daldinia.
I'll check more later.
Sava: Nice find, Luurt.
I've never come across these "cakes" and know nothing about them.
But last night, when your message arrived, I did look in Arora's DM and the description of Daldinia
(the last one in the book) seemed a good match.
Dick B: Based on color and spore size it would appear to me to be
between D. childiae or D. loculata.
I'm wondering if you have tried the color extraction technique mentioned in
Matchmaker under the notes section of D. childiae?
I would be interested to know what your results are if you try it.-
Luurt: I tried the KOH extraction.
I noticed not the slightest
discoloration in the supernatant liquid.
I made the 10% solution fresh. It's possible that my KOH crystals
were so old that they had formed a carbonate compound instead of
hydroxide, but I doubt it.
If I didn't mess the KOH extraction up, then what identification can I make?
Dick B: Several are listed as sometimes having no color so I would guess that it
only means something if you get a definite color. D. childiae is not one of
these so I suppose we would have to eliminate it from consideration. How
about the color of the granules under surface? They look reddish or orangish
to me but I'm not sure that is what I'm seeing.