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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Fungi at Furnace

I went for a brief walk up to Furnace Pond (aka Trebeddrod Reservoir) on the northern outskirts of Llanelli this afternoon. The following fungi were growing beside the public footpath/track from the bridge by Raby`s old, ruined iron furnaces to Craig Wen cottages at SN504019.

                                     Above Geastrum sp. Only this one, old specimen seen.

   Above: scarlet elf caps (used to be Peziza sp.) - these were common in the damper areas.


  1. The earthstar is Geastrum triplex, Collared Earthstar, I think. It seems quite large and one can make out the rather thick, 'fleshy' rays with a bit of collar. Earthstars are robust and last many months. This past autumn/winter, I have seen very few earthstars of any of the 4 or 5 species recorded from the Pembrey forest area so it is nice to see this one from Furnace Pond. I have not visited this site for some time but I have previously found a spectacular display of Sarcoscypha austriaca (microscopy). This Scarlet Elfcup can only be distinguished from S.coccinea by looking down a microscope unfortunately.

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