Thursday, 20 September 2018

This looks and smells like Lepiota cristata but the cap is as big as a dinner plate , I estimate at over 20cm- Lepiotas have a typical size of up to 9cm .Gracie Fields comes to mind -it's the biggest Lepiota in the World.

Monday, 3 September 2018

A bleeding bonnet.

Mycena haematopus

Burgundydrop bonnet.

Normally I would avoid trying to identify Mycena because there are so many that look so similar but this one was distinctive in that it bled when broken. It was a very pleasing colour with a fluffy foot!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

A few old friends and a new face...

The rain has awoken the Sandbanks with a cornucopia of fungi!
We were pleased to find Hypocreopsis rhododendri emerging in a new spot and three new Tremella steidleri fruiting bodies on the same rotting tree as last year. As exciting as having those two fruiting again was, I was excited to see a new species to add to my list. Amanita rubescens which 'blushed' when broken.

Sunday, 26 August 2018


So many Bolete about this month, I’ve created an album click link below for more photos

Bolete Fungi

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Neoboletus luridiformis Scarletina Blete

Many name changes! Boletus erythropus, as was but now Neoboletus luridiformis although there may be further changes. Along fp from carpark by Carmel chapel at the end of Graig, Burry Port. 
There must be 40-50 fb's along 100yds or so . Trees are Oak, Willow and Hazel.

These two were firmly joined cap-to cap.  Goes blue immediately on cutting or bruising ---- as do the pores when bruised.
 Many of the older fb's were white due to attack by some other microfungus.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Abortiporus biennis

Found in the coppice woods opposite ski Pembrey in the park,
Abortiporus biennis - blushing rosette

Friday, 10 August 2018

Rooting Shank

Rooting Shank - Xerula radicata
Found in Trawscoed Wood.
Thought this could be Collybia but it is a very elegant albeit common fungi which was ID'd by Atilla Fodi and Emma Williams before I had a chance to use my new Microscope. The spores were pure white and measured 9.8 mu x 14.5 mu. This has been called many names before its present title and used to be called Collybia radicata at one time  (so I don't feel so bad with my (and Bruce's ) first guess ). Big thanks to Colin for getting me up and running with the scope.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Scaly Sawgill

Found on a long piece of timber at NBGW- completely dry due to the prolonged drought. Probable ID by Emma Williams as Scaly Sawgill - Neolentinus lepideus aka 'Train Wrecker' . Resistant to Tar/Creosote it attacked railway sleepers and cost millions every year to replace damaged. I tried to re-hydrate with a wet kitchen tissue overnight and did get a very feint white spore print. Tried to get enough of a sample to scope it but could not positively see any spores. Used Melzers R. and there was no change so inamyloid or no spores. No positive result but good practice. The latin translation of 'lepideus' btw is scaly. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Conocybe apala - Milky Conecap

Sorry that photo is so terrible!  A long hot dry spell so very few fungi of any sort.  A very small patch of this delicate grassland species, Conocybe apala, Milky Conecap.  Said to 'fruit' after rain and last less than 24 hrs. I like to see them as they are so delicate.  In America a common name is 'dunce cap' as it often has a rather conical cap.  Another 'conecap' common in grassland is C. tenera, Common Conecap which has a more conical, light brown cap.
Just a July contributin to the BLOG --- please don't abandon this !

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Glyphium elatum

At the splendid 'microscopy tutorial' that Brian Douglas gave us on 1st June, one tiny species we looked at was Glyphium elatum.  A post on this Blog 5th Oct 2014 gives a picture of the fb and at microscopy we saw the extremely long thin spores.
This species grows on various tree species and I have seen it on willow and apple.  Looking at papers on the 'web' I was surprised to see that it is a species detected from discoloured stone, including marble, monuments !  A detailed study of Milan cathederal using DNA methods showed that one of the many organisms (many lichens) was Glyphium elatum and the DNA gave a 100% match.
 Fungi are strange beasts !

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Email List

So far we have the following added to our email list: Diane, Peter, Laura, Phillip, Nigel, Stephanie, Linda, Emily, Colin, Sue, Bruce, Glamorgan Fungus Group, Isabel,

If you or anybody you know want to be added please get in touch with me or add a comment below - to comply with "regulations" people have to personally ask to be added.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Follow up on my post from the 12th of April...

Philip suggested that I look for the other signs of Monilinia johnsonii on the leaves of the Hawthorn later in the year. While walking today it was impossible to miss so many leaves had gone brown and curled up on otherwise healthy branches. Mum managed to find a leaf that was exactly as Philip had described with a grey fur on it. I'm only sad that you can't smell how amazingly sweet they are too! (I couldn't get over the smell.) Thanks again Philip.

Reticularia lycoperdon?

Reticularia lycoperdon?
Saw this on the base of an oak tree up at Dinas nature reserve early this morning. About 6cm high and almost like foam filler on the tree! Is it Reticularia lycoperdon slime mould? Isabel

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Calocybe gambosa --- St George's Mushroom

I had a look for these on 23rd April, St George's Day but they were just at the button stage.  A week later they had expanded.  This small patch has remained about the same size over the past five years.  This patch is on a public footpath at Ffrwd reserve (Pembrey).  Another patch is at Pembrey Old Harbour in very long grass, yet to be looked for this year.

Melampsora epitea (rust) on Spindle.

The rust Melampsora epitea on Spindle, Euonymus europaeus at Ashpits, Burry Port.  The shrubs seem covered in golden blotches.  Thank to Nigel of course and the splendid book 'Rust fungus checklist and census catalogue for Wales'.

It seems that this rust has many host plants.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Rusty leaves.

Every year we get carpets of Adoxa moschatellina (Town hall clock) but cant say I've ever seen them covered in rust. While walking in a slightly different part of the land we found several effected plants. These little white cups are puccinia albescens, kindly confirmed by our resident rust expert the lovely Nigel, who said he has only 30 county records of this so a nice find. 
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Friday, 27 April 2018

Taphrina alni.

Alder tongue. 

These are caused by a fungus creating a chemically induced distortion of the female catkins on Alder. 

This is one I've wanted to see for a while, completely by chance I picked up these cones with it on. Would love to see it when its fresh so will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled as the new catkins start forming this year!  

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Lycogala epidendrum and Melanoleuca cognata var cognata

 A couple of species from Pembrey forest today (April 24th)

Lycogala epidendrum ---- Woolf's Milk.  This group of brilliant Myxos looked so attractive on a moss covered stump.

They don't remain this colourful as they go a dull grey-brown as they mature and break down releasing grey spores.

One of the 'Cavaliers' --- I think this must be Melanoleuca cognata var cognata = Spring Cavalier.  It needs microscopy to confirm (cystidia at gill edge need).  However at this time of year it is the most likely Melanoleuca.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Another interesting find identified...

Cudoniella tenusipora. 

Mum was grovelling around on her hands and knees looking at a resupinate on the underside of a log when she came across these. They looked like little molars growing from the log. I looked through the whole of the Fungi of Switzerland: Ascomycetes but couldn't find anything that didn't have a stem like these.
The lovely Emma Williams said she found this once and very kindly took a sample to put under the scope and confirmed her thoughts. So thanks Emma!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Hopefully another gem from our woods...

Verpa conica.  Thimble morel. 

I found two of these poking out of the grass in our field, the slugs were enjoying an early morning munch and had caused some damage. I thought they looked like some sort of false morel and got the books out when I got home. This one is said to be 'rare' so I was unsure. Thankfully I was in the company of David Harries later in the day who suggested that it could well be verpa conica so I was delighted! I have a piece awaiting some spores to fall but fingers crossed.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Strange red fungus

Came across this strange red fungus on a submerged branch in a bog and thought this could be interesting. But having taken a look at the spores when I got home I was disappointed to see that they were identical to Scarlet Elf Cup. So not new to Science after all!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Update on the last post and a few more finds.

Philip has sent me a bit more information regarding my last post, the Monilinia johnsonii. 
As hawthorn is such a common tree there are only occasional records with a few being from Wales. This makes me wonder is it just hard to spot with all the leaf litter at this time of year? As we must have hundreds on our land...
I have also been advised to look out for any leaves with black/brown patches from April to June, which should have a sweet smelling grey to buff coloured mould on them. This mould should be composed of chains of spherical conidia. This part said to be very common! So keep your eyes peeled people. 

Kretzschmaria deusta. Brittle cinder fungus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

On First Nature this fungus is described as "a seriously worrying plant pathogen" as it causes soft rot. 
I found this on a very dead fallen Beech tree. It is an amazing colour at this stage but apparently turns black and goes brittle.This being a possible reason for it being under recorded as it looks like charred wood.  

Below: No clue on the mushroom but spot the Uromyces dactylidis!