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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Dumontinia tuberosa

Anemone Cup

From the totally unmissable (Emily's last post) to the totally missable!
These little brown cup fungi were only around 1cm in diameter, and therefore all too easily missed. 
The majority of the literature has them associated with the Wood Anemone -(Anemone nemorosa), hence the common name.
However there were several patches of these in the wood, none of which were near Anemone nemorosa.
Trawling the Internet, I came across two references (EOL and Rogersmushrooms) which also has them associated with Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna), which is where these were growing. Both hosts are members of the same plant family, so perfectly plausible. Under the microscope, both Asci and spores confirmed this.
The species is seldom recorded, perhaps because everyone is only looking for them amongst Anemone nemorosa?

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