Monday, 23 October 2017

Destroying Angel in Dinefwr

Found a destroying angel Amanita virosa in a beech copse in Dinefwr Park yesterday. Never seen it before. The fungi-rich copse is one of the circles of trees on the right side of the driveway into the park (other copses are dominated by sycamore and sweet chestnut and have little obvious mycological interest). One source I read about the extremely poisonous destroying angel says it tastes of cucumber - I wonder if the taster survived.

5 comments:

  1. A very nice find ---- uncommon but widespread with very few Welsh records. I have only seen this in France.
    Good to have many more pairs of eyes looking for fungi in Carms ---- what fantastic finds have been made in recent times (weeks/months --- only a very few years).

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  2. What a beauty. I've seen this in a woods near Llanybri a few years ago now not seen it since.

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  3. Strangely Amanita viscosa hasn't been recorded on the BMS/NBN database in West Wales so we must enter our records somehow Emily. I've registered for the BMS new database so maybe I'll start off with this to get me going. No what's my password??

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  4. Proper systematic recording is important. Have been waiting for BMS site to get going after this has been re-done. David in Pembs has always entered records (to seveal databases). I wonder if it would be best if we asked David to help us --- possibly demonstrate what is involved at a 'meeting at NBGW'?

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  5. At Colin Jones' wise instigation, we're going to be entering records onto IRecord at the Botanic Garden. This will feed records directly to the NBN Gateway, which is where I currently check records. It's easy to use. So will be the BMS database although that requires/allows for more detailed information such as substrate and plant association. I think I'm happy to try out IRecord for a few months, see if the records register on the NBN then review it from there.

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