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I found groups of these growing in the Lassen National Forest (Susanville, CA, USA). It looks like some sort of mushroom. I have Googled extensively, but can't seem to find a match.

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Found it. It's a Sarcodes or snow plant:

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not a mushroom after all! How did you find it? – Memming May 28 '13 at 13:32

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