Ramaria verlotensis is a rare ectomycorrhizal fungus, endemic to the Pacific Northwest of North America and restricted to old-growth mature conifer forests. Despite extensive survey efforts under the Northwest Forest Plan since 1998, it is only know from 4 sites. The old growth mature forest habitat has become very rare due to timber logging during the last century, and the habitat is assessed as still declining.
(>60% population reduction in the past 100 years; i.e. two generations, based on >90% loss of old growth forest). All the sites where this species occurs contain considerably less than 250 mature individuals, and though the present sites are protected, the future of the habitat is insecure. It is assessed as Endangered (EN) under criteria A2c, and C2a(i).
Described by Marr and Stuntz in 1973, based on a collection made in 1969 from the North Cascades in Washington, USA.
Ramaria verlotensis is a rare ectomycorrhizal fungus, endemic to the Pacific Northwest of North America and restricted to old-growth mature conifer forests. Despite extensive survey efforts under the Northwest Forest Plan since 1998, it is only know from 4 sites.
Only known from four disjunct populations in North Western USA. Two are from the Cascade range in Washington, a site in the Rocky Mountains in Idaho, and a site on the far northern coast of California.
Ramaria verlotensis is a rare fungus, endemic to the Pacific Northwest of North America. It is characteristic for old-growth mature forests where it forms ectomycorrhiza with Abies spp., Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Tsuga heterophylla. It is only know from 4 sites. This species is a very rare and have been extensively searched for under the Northwest Forest Plan since 1998 (Castellano et al. 1999); despite these intensive survey efforts, the number of known sites has not increased. Described from a collection made in 1967 from the North Cascades in Washington, a single collection made in Idaho in 1982, and a single collection from northern California was reported (Castellano et al. 1999). It has also been found at Mount Rainier (Efren Cazares, personal communication). It is confined to for old-growth mature conifer forests. The old growth mature forest habitat has become very rare due to timber logging during the last century, and the habitat is assessed as still declining. The population of R. verlotensis is estimated to have been reduced by >60% in the past 100 years based on >90% loss of old growth forest. Ectomycorrhizal fungi are assessed during 50 years (corresponding to three generations (Dahlberg & Mueller, 2011). The decline of R. verlotensis during the last 50 years is estimated to exceed 30% and to be ongoing at a lower rate. The total number of locations,considering unrecorded ones, is not considered to exceed 100 and the total number of mature individuals to be less than 2500 mature individuals. Though the present known sites are protected, unrecorded the future of unrecorded localities and the habitat is insecure.
Population Trend: Uncertain
It is an ectomycorrhizal terrestrial fungus confined to old-growth mature forests where it forms ectomycorrhiza with Abies spp., Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Tsuga heterophylla. Ectomycorrhizal fungal mycelia is perennial and may live for several decades and potentially much more than a century with a continuous presence of living trees and presence of an old-growth habitat.
This is a ectomycorrhizal fungus species dependent on living host trees for viability. The major threat to this species and its co-occurring co-generic brethren is habitat destruction, viz. the logging of old-growth forests to which it is confined. The extent of old growth forest in the Pacific Northwest of North America has declined 90% in the last century (Society of American Foresters 1984, Haynes 1986).
Habitat protection: the type location is an old campground, with recreation activities in the area. Two sites (Mount Rainier, WA and Jedediah Smith State Park, CA) are protected in National and State parks. The exact location of the Idaho site is unknown. Any new sites should be protected from logging and other disturbances. This species is a so-called Strategy 1 species under the Northwest Forest Plan (Castellano et al. 1999), and has been surveyed and managed within the range of the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina).
All known locations should be revisited to see if they still have existing populations of this species.
None known. Similar Ramaria are edible and are collected for consumption.
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