Sunday, 11 October 2015


As part of the UK Fungi Day we had been asked to put together a display for the National Botanic Gardens Fungi Event in the Great Glasshouse.
Yesterday (Saturday) Philip, Linda, Emily and I spent the afternoon wandering the wood looking for a range of specimens. 
We were able to collect 48 different species, which along with the 7 Philip had brought from Pembrey, meant we were able to display 55 local Fungi species, all of which we were able to identify to at least their genus. In fact we had so many we overflowed the two tables we had been allocated!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Pembrokeshire Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Pembrokeshire Fungus Recording Network has been added to our newsletter section.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Cyathus striatus and Helvella solitaria

 This is the firt time I have found this 'Fluted Birds-nest', Cyathus striatus, in Pembrey Country Park.  Cyathus olla has been found here from time to time but not for several years.  The second photo shows another fungus next to a 'Birds-nest' ---- this is some sort of cup-fungus and the cup was on a stalk.

The lower photos show the size and I would not have seen it if the Birds-nest had not been close.
This is Helvella solitaria, the same species as on the 'Blog' on 14/4/2014 but was then called Helvella queletti which is a synonym (although both names are currently on databases).  I  thought this was a species found in spring but some records are Nov onwards.  The find last year looked like Napoleon's helmet.
With these Helvella's, one feature to note is how far the ribs of the stipe go up under the cap --- in this case the ribs stop at the cap base.

Cobalt Crust,Terana caerulea

Came across this splendid display of Cobalt crust this morning. It was on the cycle track above the Lower Lleidi Reservoir.The branch must have been nearly 4 foot long and was completely covered in this quite startlingly coloured resupinate fungus. Worth enlarging the photo to see how pretty it is.

Cortinarius trivialis --- Girdled Webcap

Cortinarius trivials is one of the few of this genus that I can name as it is so distinctive.  It has an extremely glutinous cap and stipe --- the slime dries forming rings on the stipe hence the common 'English' name.

This Cortinarius is mycrrhizal with Willows and was seen at the 'Ashpits' -- Burry Port Community woodland where it is found most years.  It has been found in Pembrey country Park on occasions --- always close to Willow.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Melanoleuca verrucipes

 Melanoleuca verrucipes. This specimen was found last month in Pembrey forest.  The white cap has no marked distinguishing features and broke easily as I tried to gather it.  There are punctate spots the length of the stipe -- few agarics are like this.  It is described in B+K and microscopy confirmed it with 'stinging-hair' type pleurocystidia.
It was found along a tractor track with much tree debris following tree harvesting about two years ago (where Tony found Morchella elata).  This seems to be the first record for Wales.  It is uncommon and usually found on woodchip, most records from SE England.  First recorded in 2000 from Midlesex and a year later from Kew. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Amanita citrina var. alba

False Deathcap

Earlier this summer, Emily found (and posted) Amanita phalloides var. alba - The Deathcap
Completely by coincidence the False Deathcap I found in the wood today is also the white form - as opposed to the more common pale yellow form var. citrina. 
The books all say "associated with Beech", however this specimen was growing at the base of an Oak.
Like it's more deadly cousin it also contains alpha-amanitin, but not in a high enough concentration to be fatal (though I'm not about to put it to the test!).
Unlike A. phalloides it can easily be separated by the absence of an open volva.