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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Foray at the National Garden Centre.

 Today some of the garden's volunteer biodiversity recorders sided-stepped the showers to take a walk through the woods behind the top car-park and onto the large meadow beyond. In all a group of about 10 rummaged about the fallen tree trunks, through a carpet of autumn leaves to see what they could find. And as to be expected in a wood on an autumn morning it was mainly fungi that were recorded.

These included:  Fluted Bird's Nest (Cyathus striatus), Candlesnuff Fungus  (Xylaria hypoxylon), Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha), Various Mycena species, Amethyst Deceiver ( Laccaria amethystina), Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae), Purple Jelly Disc (Ascocoryne sarcoides), Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa), Turkey-tail Fungus (Trametes versicolor), Beefsteak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica), A white mushroom possibly Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis), Quite a few tiny, tiny mushrooms growing on beech mast that need to be identified, Jelly Baby Mushroom (Leotia lubrica), White Elfin Saddle (Helvella crispa), Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare).

 Pictures of these fungi have been put on Our Flickr Site for correction or comment. 

Other  records were Nostoc, a genus of cyanobacteria, spreading like a green jelly on the roadway,  and a delightful red-topped lichen Cladonia floerkeana, known as Devil's Matchstick (or British Soldier).

Nostoc, a genus of cyanobacteria.
Cladonia floerkeana or Devil's Matchsticks

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