Monday, 31 August 2015

Slimy yellow Bolete ?

Found this slimy yellow bolete on a walk around the Lower Lleidi Reservoir, it was in a ditch  near some Scotch Pine.  Shows the remnants of a ring.  Looking at Kibby it seems similar to Suillus flavidius but this seems a scottish species - does scotch pine count? or is it something else altogether?

Any ideas Philip? 

Also came across this mushroom growing in sand at Pembrey, looks similar to the Conocybe dunensis in Pembroke's little "Sand Dune" booklet but can't find any spore information for c. dunensis.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Life of a Fruiting Body

Day 1.

A small troop of these appeared through the leaf litter at the base of a Sycamore which was growing amongst some Oaks.
Unclear what they were going to be, although the diameter of the stem suggested something substantial.


The base of the stem looks like a volva - so possibly an Amanita.

Day 3.
All is revealed! 
They are Parasols - Macrolepiota procera.
The snakeskin pattern on the stem distinguishes them from the other parasol Chlorophylum rhacodes.


Found this whilst checking dormouse nest tubes on a site in Upper Brynamman. One for Nigel I think...


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Crepidotus caspari. 

The Pale Oysterling

The Variable Oysterling, Crepidotus variabilis, is one of the commonest species around, however I have always seen it on fallen twigs or branches, i.e. deadwood.
So when I came across these growing on the branch of a living Willow it seemed reasonable to suppose that they might be something different.
The 2008 edition of Funga Nordica lists 15 species of Crepidotus, and has a key. After looking at the spores, shape of the cheilocystidia, and some discussions with Philip, I decided it was probably something called Crepidotus lundellii.
However, it didn't seem to be listed in any of my other books and I could find no records for it on the FRDBI.
I started thinking I might have something unusual or rare - - - the reality was far less exciting, it has been re-named as Crepidotus caspari, and I soon found enough information to confirm the identity.

That being said, there are only a tiny handful of records for this species in Wales, so a nice find and another new species to add to my list!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Huge Agaricus alongside B4312

Came across this pair of huge mushrooms alongside the B4312 near Llanstephan. The large one measured 23 cms across. Spores were also relatively large for an agaricus at 9.5 x 5 um. This would seem to check out as Agaricus augustus, aka The Prince. Not really rare by all accounts but still quite a spectacle.

Another interesting fungus was this earthfan, Thelephora penicillata, found in Troserch Woods. It seems to crop up at the same place every year and looks like the frozen water vapour you sometimes see in winter on rotting branches. Also had funny-looking lumpy, bumpy spores.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Meanwhile, closer to home - - - 

Taking the dog for her daily exercise is generally how I come across most of the fungi that I find.
However, yesterday, whilst doing some weeding in our back garden I came across these fb's  growing underneath Geranium ibericumThey are Lepiota cristata - the Stinking Dapperling. 
I'm not sure "stinking" is a fair description, they certainly have a very distinct smell, but nothing I would describe as unpleasant. The spores are bullet shaped, which helps enormously in trying to key them out.

L. cristata is the second Lepiota species to make it's home in our back garden. A few weeks ago I came across these far more unusual Lepiota echinella var. echinella growing under a clump of Hemerocallis.

Looking in Funga Nordica it says both species are saprotrophic on soil, so no reason why they should not be growing happily in a back garden. How they got there however is another matter, I've certainly never noticed either of them before.

So, no need to go down to the woods today - - - (well there is, but only to walk the dog!)

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Our Fungus Foray on 7 August 2015 at Llanllwch, Carmarthenshire.

Many thanks to Tony for showing us around his "little wood" last Friday, it was a delightful place, especially for fungi. Although the star attraction was the Hazel Gloves, there were plenty of others for us to see. In the end we managed to record 27 different species which we have listed below. There were also a few others that we did not get a name to and probably a few more that we forgot to record. So all in all a very busy place!
Thanks again!

For images of many of the fungi recorded click here.

Species Name

1 Marasmius oreades
2 Lycoperdon pratense
3 Lycoperdon utriforme
4 Collybia confluens
5 Hypholoma fasiculare
6 Phallus impudicus
7 Auricularia aurea-judaea
8 Paxillus involutus
9 Hypocreopsis rhododendri
10 Polyporus tuberaster
11 Coprinellus micaceus
12 Crepidotus mollis
13 Hypomyces sp
14 Stereum hirsutum
15 Lactarius aurantiacus
16 Russula nigricans
17 Russula grata
18 Russula brunneoviolacea
19 Boletus chrysenteron
20 Rutstroemia firma
21 Chromocyphella muscicola
22 Mycena Galopus
23 Boletus appendiculatus
24 Boletus pulverulentus
25 Trametes versicolor
26 Hymenochaete corrugata
27 Scleroderma citrium
Hypoxylon fragiforme
Hypoxylon fuscum
Mycena rosea