Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Polyporus leptocephalus ---- Blackfoot Poypore

This Balckfoot Polypore -- Polyporus leptocephalus was found in Pembrey forest while looking for Morels.  The wood it was on was burried ---- I did wonder if it was on old conifer but FRDBI gives all records on broadleaf so probably some willow but impossible to say.  The 'foot' is nice and black but the rest rather slug damaged.                           

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Solitary Morel

Morchella esculenta
Possibly Gymnopus dryophilus?
Spent a couple of hours yesterday searching for morels in Pembrey Forest. Started well when I came across this  Morchella esculenta, but sadly this was to be the high spot as there was nothing else after.

In fact not many fungi of any description except a fair number of beige mushrooms which I took (not very scientifically!) to be Russet toughshanks ( Gymnopus dryophilus)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Uromyces muscaria

Bluebell Rust

The Bluebells have been flowering in the wood for a couple of weeks now, however today was the first time I have spotted the Bluebell Rust, Uromyces muscaria.

The rust shows up as the brown patches on the leaves in the lower part of the photo.

The Bluebells are the native Hyancinthoides non-scripta, rather than the Spanish or Spanish hybrid varieties. The rust however does not seem to be particular and grows just as well on all three varieties.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Perenniporia fraxinea

A post on this Blog, 15th Oct 2015, shows this fungus ----- and this is the result of fungal decay.

This oak tree looked healthy with a full leaf canopy last year and, other than the base, looks quite solid.
This species causes a 'butt-rot' affecting the buttress zone and principal roots.  An intense white rot makes the wood brittle and prone to stem breakage or, as here, uprooting.  This is why it is so dangerous when the affected tree is in an amenity area or along a road.

The next photos are the fungus at the base of this tree last year.  The bottom picture is of an oak tree near Llandeilo which still stands although the fungus is far larger and brackets have appeared over several years. I am waiting for fresh fb's to form on this tree (to confirm my identification!). Few books show pictures at different stages of development.  Although the specific name suggests this grows on Ash trees it can be found on several broadleaf species, Oak in particular.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Auriscalpium vulgare

The Earpick Fungus

Walking through Pembrey Forest yesterday, came across these growing out of the litter on the forest floor.
Although they are clearly a Tooth Fungus, they are not related to any of the other (more common) Tooth Fungi. In fact they are fairly unique and unlikely to be confused with anything else.
These fb's are fairly mature and would have started off life much paler.
The name begs the question, is this an example of nominative determinism, did anyone ever use them in the way the common name suggests?
At around 1cm in diameter, they would certainly "fit". However I'm most certainly NOT about to try!
Looking in the usual sources, there are no records for them anywhere in West Wales - so a good find.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Peziza vesiculosa

Blistered Cup

This afternoon Emily brought me this Cup Fungus to key out. Unlike the last post, this one was growing where all the literature says it should - on manure.
It is a common all-year round fungus, although most of the records seem to come from England with only a handful of Welsh records.

Dumontinia tuberosa

Anemone Cup

From the totally unmissable (Emily's last post) to the totally missable!
These little brown cup fungi were only around 1cm in diameter, and therefore all too easily missed. 
The majority of the literature has them associated with the Wood Anemone -(Anemone nemorosa), hence the common name.
However there were several patches of these in the wood, none of which were near Anemone nemorosa.
Trawling the Internet, I came across two references (EOL and Rogersmushrooms) which also has them associated with Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna), which is where these were growing. Both hosts are members of the same plant family, so perfectly plausible. Under the microscope, both Asci and spores confirmed this.
The species is seldom recorded, perhaps because everyone is only looking for them amongst Anemone nemorosa?