The soil is deeply saturated, and moisture-loving organisms like fungi, slime molds and bryophytes are making many appearances in San Diego County.
I've managed to explore a bit here in the Cuyamacas, and also "down the hill", searching for fungi and other interesting things that will not be much in evidence in a few months when the dry season arrives.
|Some delicate white mushrooms, to be determined. Felicita Park, Escondido (as are the other mushrooms below). Late January.|
|Mystery mushroom with upturned gills.|
|Possibly an Amanita sp.|
|Slime mold (a "protist", not a fungus). This one is Badhamia utricularis. Found close to our house, Cuyamaca Woods. Early February.|
|Badhamia utricularis, older sporangia. Found with the younger sporangia seen above.|
|Another slime mold, probably Leocarpus fragilis. Spotted by Gary on a walk near Stonewall Mine in the Cuyamacas.|
|Asterella californica archegoniophores, which contain archegonia, the female reproduction structures which produce eggs. The male plant's sperm must SWIM to these eggs; thus the need for moisture!|
|I think this is probably Asterella palmeri. It was growing right next the species above.|