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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcodes

  • $\begingroup$ not a mushroom after all! How did you find it? $\endgroup$
    – Memming
    May 28 '13 at 13:32
  • $\begingroup$ Wow this is allied to Monotropa. Thanks for link to wiki page $\endgroup$ Aug 10 '16 at 11:13

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