Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scout Road Park 27.06.2014

Oliver found this Milky Conecap in the park after school.

Milky Conecap (Conocybe apala).

White conical cap.

Fine powdery stem.

Ochre gills.

Turvin Clough 27.06.2014

I walked up Turvin Clough with Basil and I found a few fungi along the way.

Amanita excelsa var.spissa - above and four below.

It is a short and squat fungus that is covered with greyish warts on the cap. It has a bulbous base and lacks the gutter like upper margin when compared with Amanita pantherina.

White gills.

One key feature in identification is the striated upper surface of the ring on the stem.

Spores 8-10 x 5.5-7 microns.

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) growing on oak - above and two below.

Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis)

Red circular pores - above and below.

Stem and pores bruise deep blue when handled.

Stem covered with tiny red dots, not reticulated.

Spores spindle shaped, 12.1-15.4 x 4.5-6 microns.

Broadhead Clough 26.06.2014

Return of the Cordyceps.

Ophiocordyceps ditmarii found growing parasitically on a fly that was submerged under the leaf litter.

Long Lane Fungi 24.06.2014

Continuing from the Long Lane post on the Wildlife Blog, here are the fungi that Peachysteve and I found in the meadows and woodland.

Egghead Mottlegill (Panaeolus semiovatus). We found two growing on some dung in the grazed meadows.

Mottled gills.

Note the ring on the stems.

Variable shaped cheilocystidia- above and below.

Blusher (Amanita rubescens). It had seen better days.

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) - above and below.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Booth Wood Reservoir 17.06.2014

Seen by Michael and I at the side of the reservoir.

Puccinia poarum on Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) leaves.

The fly below also looks to infected with some sort of fungus.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cromwell Bottom 16.06.2014

Here are a few fungi that I found whilst wandering around the reserve with Basil.

Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus). Above and below.

Spores 7-9 x 5-6 microns.

Blackfoot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus).

Common Stinkhorn (Phalus impudicus) egg.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Scutellinia trechispora 14.06.2014

I have lots of Scutellinia trechispora growing on bare earth outside my house at the moment.  They are commonly known as Eyelash Fungi and there are quite a few different species of them. They certainly add a splash of colour and brighten up what would otherwise be a dull part of my garden. My identification was confirmed by Mal Greaves (MYFG).

^Average size was 6 mm in diameter.

Asci 8 spored. Spores spherical, ornamented and hyaline.

Hairs up to 1100 microns, multi-septate with forked and unforked rooting hair bases.

Orange cylindrical paraphyses with blunt ends containing orange matter.

Spores in cotton blue.

Dropped spores ornamented with mostly blunt spines. 14.3-15.4 microns.