Sunday, 14 January 2018

How about a meeting!

As regards a meeting of Carmarthenshire Fungus Group (If we are one??), Stephanie has suggested that the Ashburnham Golf Club could be a suitable venue.

We need a meeting because for as long as we can all remember Philip has always been around to organise, encourage, educate and in general keep fungus issues alive in Carmarthenshire, but has regretfully mentioned that he would like to take a step back from this role in the future.

If you don't want fungi to become the poor relation among the wildlife of Carmarthenshire, please try and meet up soon (within a fortnight) to find a way forward.

Your active comments, as regards program, venue, time, day of week, etc. etc. would be appreciated.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Vivid orange resupinate fungus

This strip of vivid orange fungus on a fallen branch was so eye-catching I had to stop the car and photograph it.  It was just SW of Gwernogle, so a central Carmarthenshire record.  It doesn't seem to match anything in Phillips, unless it is bright Stereum hirsutum.  What do people think?

Monday, 8 January 2018

Sorry it's been a while!

Tremella steidleri

Sandbanks finds...                                                      

Lycoperdon sp.
Clitocybe sp.

Physarum polycephalum.
Growing over a tremella sp. Or feeding off it???
It was over 50 cm in length.

Muciliago crustacea.
Tremella sp. I had hoped was the lesser recorded one,
 my microscopy skills (not good) seemed to
show it was the common one.
Psilocybe semilanceata.

Still not sure what this was after going in
 lots of circles in the book as well as on the ground!!

From right hand side to left with Mattie modelling for scale!
Gets bigger every year. 

Ink caps. 
Really tall Jelly baby. 

Wood blewit. 

Earth tongue. 

Some more funnels.
Bright slime mould.

                   This skink horn lasted well over a month.
                Maybe due to the cold weather?
                  Normally they are gone in a few days.

Mysterious orange blobs appeared?
Two weeks later, these appeared.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year Everyone

I hope everyone had lots of fungi gifts for Christmas
The weather has been hit and miss and being the festive season I haven’t been out much but I did get a new Pentax WG-10 camera which I’m trying out this week so will have some photos soon

Here’s to successful 2018 fungi hunting- let’s try and find some of the LAFF species again and get Carmarthenshire high up on the Fungi map

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Still a few mushrooms around the Lliedi Reservoir despite the frost.

Found these around the lower Lliedi Reservoir, even after the hard frost we have been having. I assume it is a Clitocybe but could be wrong. It was quite large at around 9cms across which I thought would narrow it down but couldn't find a match as the spores were quite small at ~ 5.3 x 3.1 ┬Ám.


The psathyrella growing in wood chip and leaf litter  was very tall around 12 cms and very hairy at the base of the stem so I would be taking it as Rootlet Brittlestem, Psathyrella microrhiza as spores fit and there was a slight pink colour to the gill edges. Quite common but still nice to see.

There was also a mass of Clustered domecap, Lyophyllum decastes.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Orange Peel Fungi at Pembrey

Lovely vivid orange

Caving trip turned out a good find.

Hypocreopsis rhododendri

Hazel gloves

I found this bright specimen outside a cave near Pendine on the weekend. The first I've seen growing on Hazel! 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Identity discovered!!

Peter found a mushroom a few days ago in the Great glasshouse.

Confusion reigned as, amongst other things, we could not decide whether the spores were light orange brown or light pinkish brown, but after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing we have finally had an answer.

If you are interested in what it is, have a look at all the comings and goings on our facebook page.

Upper Lleidi Reservoir

Took a walk around the Upper Lleidi Reservoir - a few stragglers about but not very productive.

 A Gluecrust, Hymenochaete corrugata, searched desperately for a pair of Hazel Gloves which feeds on it. No luck however - one day I'll find some and then I can move up to the Premier League! 
Talking of Hymenochaete, as you do! also found what I think is Oak Curtain Crust, Hymenochaete rubiginosa. Must have seen it before as it is quite common but never really noticed it. 

Hymenochaete corrugata and Hymenochaete rubiginosa

Also plenty of Ochre Brittlegill about and still fruiting. A little brown mushroom growing on an old log looked like a small Deceiver, Laccaria lacata, but gave a brown spore print - which now would suggests the Felty Twiglet, Tubaria conspersa. There weresome lilac fibrecaps, Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina, and a white mushroom, which I can't identify - possibly a woodwax but I don't really know much about those.

Also came across this purple jelly disc. There are two common types:  Ascocoryne sarcoides and A. cylichnium. According to Pat O'Reilly this would be the rather less common A. cylichnium because it has much larger spores (~25 um)  and retains its cup-like form.

Purple Jelly Disc, Ascocoryne cylichnium


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Hazel Gloves at Green Castle Woods

Hypocreopsis rhododendri - Hazel Gloves 

Willow Gloves at Green Castle Woods

Willow Gloves - Hypocreopsis lichenoides

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - Pink Waxcap

Porpolomopsis calyptriformis - Pink Waxcap
At Dolau Fan cemetery in Burry Port