Mushroom Observer
Catalog #: MUOB 296735
Taxon: Leptosphaeria polylepidis Macía, M.E. Palm & M.P. Martín
Family: Leptosphaeriaceae
Collector: Danny Newman   MUOB 296735   
Date: 2017-01-12
Verbatim Date: 2017-1-12
Locality: Bolivia, Oruro Department, Sajama National Park
-18.1357  -68.9562
Elevation: 4484-4484 meters (14708-14708ft)
Description: Original observation #296735 (Mushroom Observer)
Occurrence Remarks: A botanist from La Paz, Arely N. Palabral Aguilera, accompanied us to Sajama specifically to introduce us to this fungus, whose impact she is studying as part of an effort to conserve the trees it affects. Image three shows the characteristic scaring pattern left behind by L. polylepidis colonization of the wood. The queñoa, as it is known locally, is the only timber at this altitude, and as such is of great importance to the Aymara communities who harvest it. The Polylepis forests of the altiplano are the highest in the world, and one of South America's most endangered habitats.
Disposition: LPB
Specimen Images
Rights Holder: MO Observers
Record Id: 725c54e9-e416-4992-bf80-b6d061dfc12b
For additional information on this occurrence, please contact: Nathan Wilson (
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