Friday, 18 August 2017

Multiclavula mucida

Taking another walk through Llyn Llech Owain today I came across this tiny spindles growing from the trunk of a willow tree. They look like little candles and measured about 15mm high. They look very much like the images of Multiclavula mucida (Lentaria mucida) on the internet but there are only 2 or 3 records for this species on FRDBI. Could they be anything else?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lower Lleidi Reservoir

Walking along the cycle track by the lower Lleidi Reservoir I came across a large group of mushrooms. By the time I got a few home I knew they must be called stinking "something", as the smell was terrible. However because they were so big I didn't realise they were Russulas until I saw their warty spores. Checking up there is a large russula called the Stinking Brittlegill (Russula foetens), which seems to fit the bill exactly.  There must have been over 40 and some were nearly 20 cms across. They were somewhat passed their sell-by date but a week or so ago they must have been a magnificent sight.

Among others I also came across a Wood Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum),  with its decurrent spines and a small delicate white mushroom, which looked very much like a dapperling. Because it was so fragile I thought it may have been a Fragile dapperling ( Leucocoprinus fragilissimus), which looks very similar but on this one the spores were far too small.

Friday, 4 August 2017

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A stroll around Llyn Llech Owain.

Had a visit to Llyn Llech Owain yesterday though unfortunarely didn't find any Truffles myself. There was a good number of other stuff about (hiding in the undergrowth!), some like the two below Stephanie also found last week.

The beige bells I believe could be young clustered toughshank, Gwmnopus confluens, whilst the brown ones are Inocybe langinosa. Inocybe sps. are obscure to say the least but Pat O'Reilly says that this species is defined by its knobbly, star-shaped spores and a cap surface densely fibrous with pointed brown scales that stand upright near the centre. So this looks a good match.

This other one is also an Inocybe, with almost identical star-shaped spores and dark brown spore-print but this time am not able to go any further.

Beside the wonderful display of Ochre brittlegills and  a number of unidentifieds with no decent images, I also came across the following:

The first is a small Lacterius, which gave white milk when scratched - maybe L. quietus with its zoned cap and near Oak. The white mushroom gave a black spore print and keyed out as a Psathyrela, though not like any usual psathyrelas.  The next is a polypore, with tiny almost invisible pores, growing on willow, which I believe to be p.varius, and the last to be Russet Toughshank, Gymnopus dryophilus.

Llyn Llech Owain seems an interesting place, especially for some more unusual things - perhaps we could have a trip there one day?

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Philip how are you on Lactarius?

In a small Beech copse  I came across this lactarius, which looks to me the splitting image of Lactarius subruginosus, shown on page 111 in Fungi of Switzerland but can't find any mention of subruginosus anywhere else. Has it had a name change, or could the mushroom be something else??

Also found  a giant puffball (Calvatia gigantea)  alongside the road at Cilsan. It was over 30 cms long and looked good enough to eat. Has anybody ever tried one??

Friday, 28 July 2017

Llyn Llech Owain was today's destination enjoy