Appeared at first look to be balls of fungi clustered at base of dead eastern red cedar tree. Closer inspection revealed masses of gilled mushrooms.
Found growing on a California buckeye.
No ring on the stalk and the spore print is green. Growing on the ground.
Looks like cramp balls (D. grandis), however there are many other D. species and I don't personally know enough about their appearance, distribution, or differentiation to feel I can give a positive ID.
A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi or funguses) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, protists and bacteria. One major difference is that fungal cells have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike the cell walls of plants and some protists, which contain...