Saturday, 4 July 2015

Marasmius rotula.

Collared Parachute.


A delightful little troop found in the leaf litter of deciduous woodland. These tiny fungi get their name from the collar that the gills are attached to around its stipe. I always enjoy spotting these! 









Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Growing on my lawn.

Very recently we had some new turf laid and all of a sudden had a small group of fungi pop up on it. Thought first they were entoloma but when I looked at a spore-print it was darkish brown rather than pink and the spores themselves weren't angular but lemon-shaped and very rough.

Was about to consign it to my folder of "unidentified, little brown mushrooms" - which is quite big! when I came across a photo of Panaeolina foenisceii, a common species on manured lawns, which seems to measure up, and showed all the correct spore characteristics.

Could there be any other candidates?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Coprinopsis cinerea

No common name


There are several species of these little "woolly coated" Inkcaps which are found on manure/straw, or in this case on a pile of woodchips. Needed some microscopy to work out which species these little fb's belonged to.
I was lucky to find these, not because they are particularly rare, but because they deliquesce very quickly.On a rainy day they seem to melt away before your eyes and are impossible to identify.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Amanita phalloides

Deathcap, var. alba


One of the most poisonous mushrooms in the British Isles, I found this specimen on the roadside by the woods close to Paxtons Tower. Its distinct volva made it easy to identify.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Psathyrella candolleana

Pale Brittlestem

Back onto more familiar ground after my brief foray (no pun intended) into the "dark side". I think I'll leave the Rusts up to you Nigel!

Came across these fb's this morning.A few years ago a Hawthorns which was covered in Ivy blew down. Ever since these little Brittlestems have regularly come up on what is left of the roots and the fallen wood. 
The "frills" around the edge are remnants of the veil - quite attractive!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Tuberous Poypore

This Polyporus tuberaster, Tuberous Poypore, was growing on a damaged Willow at Pontnewydd.  There is a public footpath along a former mineral line from Kidwelli to Pontyberem.  The ditches either side of the path are very wet with plenty of rotting wood.  An older fb was gowing on Hazel.

The tubes in this species are quite large and irregular.  It is said that when found on soil the stipe grows from a 'tuber' or pseudo-sclerotium.

There was a rust on Creeping Buttercup but will leave till another time!

Puccinia pragmitis (I think?)

I've always tended to ignore Rusts as I have always considered them above my pay grade.
However since they appear to be "flavour of the month", Here goes - - - - 

I have to confess I am cheating big time!  The latest edition of the Forayer which came through the letterbox yesterday included a piece on the Rusts on Broad Leaved Dock. Since I have plenty of Dock I thought I would give it a go, and came up with this specimen without too much trouble.

Whist looking I also came across this specimen on Silene dioica. Over to you Nigel on this one as I have no crib sheet this time!