|Gammundia striatulata 8th January 2015|
On January 8th I saw a small group of grey fungi along an old tractor track in Pembrey forest. Broken conifer branches were strewn here and there but these fungi were just in the sand and not obviously attached to wood debris. One 'fb' was gathered but this was so covered with sand that I did not do any microscopy but assumed it was a white-spored species and failed to find a name.
Passing along this track on 2nd Feb there were still several fb's so one with the least sand on it was picked and I was able to see spore shape and size. I made the spores to be 7 x 4- 4.5µ and these seemed to minutely verruculose (not having a smoothe surface).
|Gammundia striatulata 2nd February2015|
This species has a huge number of synonyms as it has been described many times as 'new'! There is some suggestion that this is a 'lichenicolous' fungus, one that is a parasite on living lichens ---- species of Cladonia and Peltigera are mentioned. There were no lichens where I found these but will take another look.
The specific name 'striatulata' seems apt as the cap has marked striations which persist.