Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

 

Montagnea arenaria

Family: Agaricaceae

This fungus has a tough outer skin to protect the spores until they mature. The spores are dispersed by wind and by animals. The gills are attached only to the outer edge of the disk-like pileus.

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Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Peters Canyon Regional Park. East Ridge Trail, East side just above homes. © Joanne and Doug Schwartz.

Loma Ridge, Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Orange County, CA. 3/8/2015. © Peter J. Bryant

Loma Ridge, Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Orange County, CA. 3/8/2015. © Peter J. Bryant

Loma Ridge, Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Orange County, CA. 3/8/2015. © Peter J. Bryant