Ramaria stuntzii was described based on a Washington, USA Type collection (Marr & Stuntz 1973).
Ramaria stuntzii is a locally common and widespread species in western North America, currently known from ~90 locations, but believed to be under reported; especially in California. No decline has been recorded, and it grows in multiple habitat types. I recommend listing as Least Concern.
From the northern California, USA coast, northward along the coast and Coast Range into southern British Columbia, Canada. Uncommon through the Siskiyou Range, more common in the Cascade Range in Oregon into central Washington, USA. Rare in the northern Rocky Mountains in eastern Washing and Idaho.
Population is widespread, and it can be locally common. Currently known from ~90 locations, with no recorded decline.
Population Trend: Stable
Ectomycorrhizal, occurring with both conifers and hardwoods; locally common from Mendocino County north in mature mixed hardwood/conifer coastal forests, and throughout coast, Coast Range and low to mid elevation Cascade Range forest in the Pacific Northwest. Like a number of Ramaria species in California, R. stuntzii appears to switch from being conifer associated in the northern part of its range, to Tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus) as it continues south.
No specific threats have been identified with regards to this species.
This species is included on the United States Forest Service Northwest Forest Plan Survey and Manage list of rare/old growth forests dependent fungi, and has been actively surveyed for since the late 1990’s. (Castellano et al. 1999).
Extent of range, and habitat requirements.
Castellano, M.A., Smith, J.E., O’Dell, T., Cázares, E. and Nugent, S. 1999. Handbook to Strategy 1 Fungal Species in the Northwest Forest Plan. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: Portland, OR. 195 p.
Exeter, R.L., Norvell, L. and Cázares, E. 2006. Ramaria of the Pacific Northwestern United States. United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management: Salem, OR. 157 p.
Marr, C.D. and Stuntz, D.E. 1973. Ramaria of Western Washington (Bibliotheca Mycologica, Band 38). J. Cramer: Vaduz, Liechtenstein. 232 p.
MyCoPortal. 2021. http://mycoportal.org/portal/index.php. Accessed on February 18.