Thursday, 20 July 2017

Amanita excelsa, Grey Spotted Amanita, or False Panthercap.

Found under pine trees near Pumpsaint. From various keys it would appear to be Amanita excelsa. Because the veil remnants on the cap are grey  this is called the False Panthercap, because in the rarer, true Panthercap, Amanita pantherina, the veil remnants are pure white.

There are also a number of variants and because it has virtually no bulb, it is slender and smells of radishes it could be Amanita excelsa var. excelsa.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Found in the Great Glasshouse -Psilocybe sp. according to Q.M.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Agrocybe rivulosa, Wrinkled Field Cap




Woodchip piles seem to be very productive at the moment. On the roadside near Carway there was a mound covered in Agrocybe rivulosa, Wrinkled Field Cap. The same fungus that Bruce found in the Botanic Gardens last week. Showing that it is spreading fast after its introduction in 2004.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

More white Mushrooms on a woodchip pile.

Came across some more white mushrooms covering a woodchip pile today near to Dolaucothi Goldmines. At first thought they may have been Agrocybe-rivulosa, the same as Bruce's but they didn't have a ring and the spores were white rather than olive-brown. Look very much like a Melanoluca. Is there a variety of cavalier mushroom that likes to live on woodchips?



Wednesday, 12 July 2017



Waxcap Hygrocybe Conica (I think ,unless it is nigrescens ) found on the grassed area around the Great Glasshouse today. Some books say edible but not good and others say 'slightly poisonous' (you could be slightly dead ?)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Hypomyces chrysospermus, The Bolete Eater!

After many weeks of fruitless searching I have finally come across a few mushrooms. In Troserch Woods yesterday there were a number of Beech Milkcaps, Lactarius blennius, Blushing Amanita, Amanita rubescens, Skullcap Dapperling, Leucocoprinus brebissonii, Suede Bolete, Boletus subtomentosus, and some other unidentifieds including a few russulas. 

Hypomyces chrysospermus, growing over a bolete mushroom.



Also came across this strange yellow mass that looked more like a slime mould than a fungus. It is quite common as I also found it around Furnace ponds the day before. At Furnace ponds it was completely white but gradually changed yellow over the next day. Hypomyces chrysospermus is a parasitic ascomycete that grows on boletes. Looking at the spores in the picture below, I thought there was contamination from something else as there were two sets of spores but Mushroomexpert.com states that: Spores vary between development stages. In white stage 10-30 x 5-12 µ, elliptical, smooth; in yellow stage 10-25 µ, round, warty; in final stage 25-30 x 5-6 µ, spindle-shaped, septate (with a separating wall). What a strange organism!




Thursday, 6 July 2017

Bolete in Trawscoed Wood 6th July



The stalk had scabers and when it was cut , it turned black. It was found under a Hornbeam -could be  Leccinum ?  Pores were free.Smell- mushroomy.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sandbanks finds.

Some more from the sandbanks...3rd July 17.


Slime mould
Rust on Willow leaves
slime mould

Polyporus leptocephalus
Blackfoot polypore
Top view with black foot.

Two tiny specimens.
One on right had gills also, possibly coprinopsis?
Left ... any takers?

Russula sp.
Marasmius rotula.
Philip posted this recently, hopefully a better view of the collar.

Possible polypore sp.
 Got eaten before it really opened.
No black foot, or scales like tuberaster.









Scutellinia scutellata
Eyelash
Crepidotus sp.
From above.



Possible peziza sp?
No stem...
View of the pores. 
Postia subcaesia
Blueing bracket.

Polyporus tuberaster 
From above.


Possible Postia stiptica?
Bitter bracket.
It was dripping liquid and didn't blue on damage...




Friday, 30 June 2017

Sandbanks finds.

Some more recent finds.

14/06/17- Stemonitis fusca
(Unlike my last picture this is in its earlier pink stage)

09/06/17- Pluteus sp.
(Poss. Deer shield)
Pluteus cap.

09/06/17- Mycena rorida
Dripping bonnet, gloop and all!
09/06/17- Polyporus tuberaster
View of the pores. 





11/06/17- Mystery thingy?
12/06/17 - Mycena sp?
On bramble.

11/06/17 - Coprinus sp?
12/06/17 - Phallus impudicus.
Stinkhorn, flies and all!




At the end of May I found this clump of fungi on a mulch pile at the Botanic Garden. The brown spores, shape and ring made me look through the Agaricus pages of the ID books but it made my head spin. Then a couple of weeks ago the BMS Facebook page featured a few sightings of the  mulch-loving Agrocybe rivulosa across the UK. It certainly looks very similar to the fruiting

body I photographed and Peter Williams has copies of the spores to check. Has anyone recorded this before? http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/agrocybe-rivulosa.php