Rare Fungi Challenge

The Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDIS) has issued an ongoing challenge to find and document West Coast species of rare mushrooms. Many are fall-fruiting species. The ones most likely to be found in Oregon are:

  • Amanita pruittii
  • Arrhenia lobata
  • Bondarzewia occidentalis
  • Hygrophorus goetzei
  • Lactarius rubriviridis
  • Neoalbatrellus subcaeruleoporus
  • Pachycudonia spathulata
  • Pseudaleuria quinaultiana
  • Ramaria purpurissima
  • Stereopsis humphreyi
  • Volvariella surrecta

There’s a 2-page handout for each of the “Rare 20 “. The handout includes: the common name, photo, habitat, fruiting season, and distribution.

To join the Challenge:

  1. Get the handout for the species that interest you.
  2. Bring the handout (paper or electronic) with you in the field.
  3. If you think you’ve found one, follow the directions in the pamphlet

There’s lots more information, including links to the handouts, on the FunDiS West Coast Rare Fungi Challenge page: https://fundis.org/protect/take-action.