Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Polyporus tuberaster --- Tuberous Polypore

This Tuberous Polypore Polyporus tuberaster from Pembrey Country Park was on Hazel.  It is found on a wide variety of 'hardwoods'. There is a good page on 'First Nature', Pat O'Reilly's site where he describes it as an 'infrequent' find.  If found growing on the ground this is said to be from a blackish sclerotium which I have never seen.  

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Psathyrella candolleana

Pale Brittlestem aka Common Crumblecap

Some of these turned up in NBGW just over a week ago.
No doubt at all about the ID as it was confirmed by no less a person than Roy Watling himself.
It is another of the species which seems to turn up fairly regularly in the wood. This time at the appropriate time of the year! Unusually, they often appear in the same place for a second crop later in the year.
Unlike the ones in NBGW these clearly showed the "frilly edge" to cap which are the remnants of the veil.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Agrocybe molesta --- Crack-cap Agaric

Crack-cap Agaric Agrocybe molesta is sometimes found in woodland but more commonly in grassland.  The Blog, July 2015 shows the find from the same fixed dune area at Pembrey but then, the expanding cap had torn the gill attachment to the stem forming a 'false' ring.  The earliest records on FRDBI are from the 1790's and, as it is so widespread, it is surprising that there are only 400 records.

Coprinopsis ammophilae --- Dune Inkcap

Dune Inkcap Coprinopsis ammophilae may be found in the same yellow dune area as Dune Brittlestem but is far less common with just 30 or so records on FRDBI. About half of these records are from the coast of Wales.  This is the only one I found compared to many dozens of the Brittlestem.  This find was well away from growing marram so was probably from burried debris.  This is a Red Data List species.

Psathyrella ammophila --- Dune Brittlestem

Dune Brittlestem Psathyrella ammophila is probably the most common fungus found on yellow (mobile) dunes and, as the name states, it is associated with Marram.  The light brown cap-colour soon changes to a dirty white as it develops.  The stipe roots deeply into the sand.
It is surprising that there are only about 250 records on FRDBI which reflects the limited coastal habitat for thie species.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Marasmius oreades 

 Fairy Ring Champignon

Just like Philip's St Georges Mushroom, these have come up in the same place for several years now.
However, unlike the St Georges Mushroom, these have come up probably a month BEFORE I would expect to see them. 
Not sure what this demonstrates???

PS Apologies for the photo, I don't have a wide angle lens