T. magnivelare is typically found in coniferous forests with sparse understories and high moss coverages (Kranabetter et al. 2002). In the Pacific northwest, T. magnivelare is typically found in spodosol soils from glacially deposited parent material with 25% or less organic matter present and a litter layer 2-7 cm deep in coniferous forests (Hosford 1997). The parent material is either volcanic or granitic in origin. The most productive soils for T. magnivelare growth are acidic, well drained and have low fertility (Yun et al. 1997). It forms a colony called a “shiro” which is “a dense mass of mycelia that form a white to pale gray mat beginning just below the litter layer.” (Amaranthus et al. 2000). In central Mexico, it is found in temperate forests with elevations from 2000-3250 m and 12-70% slopes (Martinez-Carrera et al. 2002).
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