As the volunteer manager at the Burke Museum, I immediately thought to write my colleagues at the Burke’s Herbarium to solve the mystery.
After snapping several photos and collecting a small sample, I joked to the other members that they had found a secret stash of Swiss Cascade truffles. The mother lode!
Turns out, I was right.
David Giblin, the Herbarium’s collection manager, called in another expert to identify the strange objects. Joe Ammirati, UW Professor of Biology and Adjunct Curator of the Herbarium’s fungal collection identified them as a species in the genus Elaphomyces (common names false truffles, deer truffles), a fungus native to the area.
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