Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A stroll around Llyn Llech Owain.

Had a visit to Llyn Llech Owain yesterday though unfortunarely didn't find any Truffles myself. There was a good number of other stuff about (hiding in the undergrowth!), some like the two below Stephanie also found last week.

The beige bells I believe could be young clustered toughshank, Gwmnopus confluens, whilst the brown ones are Inocybe langinosa. Inocybe sps. are obscure to say the least but Pat O'Reilly says that this species is defined by its knobbly, star-shaped spores and a cap surface densely fibrous with pointed brown scales that stand upright near the centre. So this looks a good match.

This other one is also an Inocybe, with almost identical star-shaped spores and dark brown spore-print but this time am not able to go any further.

Beside the wonderful display of Ochre brittlegills and  a number of unidentifieds with no decent images, I also came across the following:

The first is a small Lacterius, which gave white milk when scratched - maybe L. quietus with its zoned cap and near Oak. The white mushroom gave a black spore print and keyed out as a Psathyrela, though not like any usual psathyrelas.  The next is a polypore, with tiny almost invisible pores, growing on willow, which I believe to be p.varius, and the last to be Russet Toughshank, Gymnopus dryophilus.

Llyn Llech Owain seems an interesting place, especially for some more unusual things - perhaps we could have a trip there one day?

1 comment:

  1. Yes Colin, Llyn Llech Owain is an interesting spot with a variety of habitats. Years ago I used to alternate walks (PembreyCP, Gelli AurCP and here) each year in turn.
    A nice bunch of species. The Inocybe languinosa is probably OK (I think much confusion with stellaspora. The other Inocybe with similar spores could be I paludinella which has a light coloured cap/stipe (not the usual brown). Lactarius quitus seems OK. The Psathyrella could be P.artemisiae which is one of a few in this genus with woolly stipe and cap. The Polyporus varius is now P leptocephalus I think.