Saturday, 31 January 2015

Tubaria furfuracea --- Scurfy Twiglet

Tubaria furfuracea
This is another 'view' of this very common species which may be found throughout the year.  The cap colour fades with age and rain so it has this 'two-tone' banding.  the striations around the cap margin are sill visible.  With age the cap becomes flattened compared to the picture in previous 'blog'.
Common on woody debris (this was in Pembrey Forest) or wood-chip mulch.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

National Botanical Gardens

Scurfy Twiglets, Tubaria furfuracea

Went around with the Wildlife Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens yesterday. Highlight of the day was an embroidery of some Shaggy Scalycaps that Sue Davies had created in felt. Really, really nice! I hope she will put a picture of it on the blog so others can see it. Peter and I wandered about to see what fungi were about but not really much to see. We had what appears to be a number of Scurfy Twiglets, Tubaria furfuracea, growing on the woodchips.

Peter also pointed out the suspect "funnels" he saw last week, which we are unsure about. Took a spore print which seemed almost white with spores measuring ~10x6 um - so any help with this would be appreciated.


Friday, 23 January 2015


Cribraria sp.

There are over 40 species of Cribraria and I'm not even going to try to identify this one. When I started looking at fungi they were classified as Myxymycota (mucus fungi),  they are now classified as Myxogastria. However they still retain their common name - Slime Moulds.

The two specimens both came from the same rotten Oak log, however in the second photo the the spores have started to emerge from the outer "casing".

There appear to be few records of Cribraria, but I suspect this has far more to do with recording than the actual distribution of the species. They are ridiculously small, <1mm in diameter. I would not have seen these if I had not had a younger pair of eyes (my daughter's) with me.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fungi NBGW Glasshouse Jan2015

Photos taken at NBGW inside the Great Glasshouse 9th Jan 2015. Someone suggested a Dapperling ,I did not detect any smell but couldn't get that close.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A New Fungus for Wales (or, `there`s no fool like an old fool`)

On Sunday afternoon, last weekend, I did a spot of `urban botanising` in the Ty-isha/St Paul`s/Bigyn area of Llanelli, looking for any garden escapes or other plants of interest.
Quickly walking over an area of managed grass, I noted some clumps of a strange-looking fungus, superficially like a multi-branched puff-ball, and without stopping to have a proper look at it, took a couple of quick photographs, one of which is shown below.

Returning later to my parked car, and by a slightly different route, I could see a jackdaw in the distance investigating my `find`, but it was only when I got home and looked properly at the photo, that I realised that the jackdaw was a far more competent naturalist than I was.
The `multi-branched puff-ball` - is actually Kellogsia dulcis, which has the vernacular name of `Sugar Puffs`, so it is not really new to Wales. I suggest that the jackdaw is made an honorary member of the Carmarthenshire Fungi Group (and that I, in contrast, `get the boot`)!
As compensation though, I`m probably the first to see Kellogsia dulcis `in the wild`: records in bowls with milk do not count!

Friday, 9 January 2015

`A Living Fossil`....

After a suggestion from Arthur Chater via Nigel Stringer, I went yesterday afternoon to check a young Ginkgo tree Ginkgo biloba in the private arboretum at Stradey Woods, Llanelli, for a basidiomycete fungus Bartheletia paradoxa that grows on its fallen leaves. The leaves of the host tree are, of course, very distinctive and easy to find in the surrounding leaf litter.
The leaves did indeed hold Bartheletia and (a typically poor) photo is offered below - which was confirmed by Nigel. Better photos and much information can be had online by `googling` the fungus name.

                                         Above: Note the `dots` on the leaf = Bartheletia.

I also noted a large fungus (photo below) that was very similar to that found by Colin Jones (see the preceding blog), growing alongside the minor public road that links Pwll with Cwmbach hamlet, a few yards upslope from the track down to Stradey Home Farm.

Monday, 5 January 2015

What about adding images to our Flickr Group Site this year??

Flickr  (, is a free to use site that is excellent for storing your own photos. What you can then also do is put some of these photos on a Group Site.  We have already set up a Carmarthenshire Fungi Group Site, and it is easy to add to this. Besides then having an interesting record of fungi seen around the various sites in Carmarthenshire (and where to go to find these sites) it would also be a help to know what fungi are currently around as the year goes by. There is also the obvious benefit of  learning from other people.  It goes without saying that in a group site like this the content of the photo is more important than the quality.

Joining Flick yourself is quite easy and then you add your selected photos to our Group site but if you do not wish to do this we do have an independent Flickr site you can use, all you will then need is the email address and password which I could send on to you.

What do you think? Shall we give it a go?