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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Strange resupinate fungus
Along the cycle-track near Horeb I must have counted at least 6 different examples of this pink resupinate fungus all on living willow branches. At first I thought it may be a slime mould in the way it seems to grow completely over the pieces of moss. But it has hypha and gave a spore print, so I got out my "Resupinates of Hampshire" book for a rumage through, but nothing seems to look anything like it. I can't believe it's rare because I've seen it in a few places including Pont Felin Gat.
After googling various combinations of likely words I finally came across the last picture in the sequence below from a German website, which looks very similar, even to the way it grows over moss. This gave the species as Corticium meridioroseum. There is a C. roseum in the Paul Hugill's book but looks very different and has much larger spores. I can't seem to find much info in English about C. meridioroseum - any ideas?