Baeospora myosura, which I am calling Spruce Cone Mushroom, fruits primarily on Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) cones. In other parts of its range, it will also grow on Douglas Fir, but they are absent in this area. According to the California Fungi account for Baeospora myosura, there is only on other species that is sometimes confused with this one, but the various pictures available on the internet of each species seemed to make the ones pictured here a fairly easy call. Happily, the spores also reacted during a chemical test, confirming the identification.
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