Saturday, 24 September 2016

Insect victim...

This hymenopteran was found at WWT Penclacwydd yesterday (23/9) and it seems to have been truly impregnated by a fungus!

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Amanita citrina var alba -- False Deathcap (white variety)

Amanita citrina  False Deathcap has a yellowish cap but this find is quite white.  Kibby says that var alba seems restricted to Fagus but in Pembrey Country Park this was under Willow and Pine.
Kibby (the genus Amanita) describes what features to look for to help with ID.  With citrina and var alba there is a prominent bulb at the base of the stipe. The top of this bulb forms a 'gutter-shape' as in the photo.
This is the first time I have found any Amanita species in the Country Park/forest.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tuesday at the Botanical Gardens.

Some of the volunteers took a stroll up Waun Las yesterday, looking for waxcaps but with little success. However walking back for lunch things started looking up. Firstly a large agaricus was spotted - didn't pick it for checking in the hope it may still be there for Fungus Day, but presume it was Agaricus urinascens, with its huge spores as it was in the same place last year.

The car-park gave us a large troop of Boletes with red stems, which seemed to key out as Boletus calopus and a mass of Stropharia rugosoannulata, a very recent migrant to Wales, which has arrived with the wood-chip used in the gardens.

Peter, our intrepid scout then led us into Trawscoed woods to inspect his finds of last weekend, which included another Bolete, which keyed out as Leccinum pseudoscabrum, Amethyst Deceiver, Chantrelle - the forked "gills" were inconclusive but it had very large basidia. The "Hedgehog" mushroom was also inconclusive as regards the arrangement of spines but, as the cap measured 7.5 cms and the spines were 6mm rather than 4mm, it would perhaps tend to favour Hydum repandum.

 There were also a number of smaller mushrooms that never made it onto the identified list. As Peter said, with Fungus Day coming, hope they haven't all arrived to soon!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

I thought I'd got another species to add to my farm list, yesterday,
 but seems to just be orange Hygrocybe chlorophana. Had more typical yellow ones in November 2014 - similar numbers and location.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Cow-pat Fungus.

Checking cow-pats as I walked along near Dryslwyn the other day, as one does, I came across these tiny, orange, Cheilymenia fungi. There are many  species of Cheilymenia but I believe this is Cheilymenia granulata, because a close up picture shows there are no eye-lash type  "hairs" and the outer surface is covered in what resembles tiny granulated sugar crystals. Don't seem to see it as often these days as I seem to remember years ago that most cow-pats were covered in them.

Great Glasshouse NBGW

I 'think' this may be a Dapperling Lepiota cristata but the underside looks very strange to me with stem shape and gills.

At NBGW Trawscoed Woods today

In Trawscoed Woods today (not the fairy woods !) there were many fungi - the group of five had three Russula Brittlegills (Yellow cap,Dark Brown Cap and Mid grey Cap ). There are about 112 species to choose from and I would need at least 111 guesses ). Also some Hydnum refuscens or repandum but looking at Pat O'Reilly's book , I favour refuscens even tho' it is rare. I also saw some Amethyst Deceivers and some very large funnels. I hope these haven't peaked too soon for our Fungi Day - I could try Hiding em! :)