Monday, 5 March 2018

Some recent additions to Carmarthenshire Fungi iRecord site.

Branched Oyster, Pleurotus cornucopiae.

Recorded in the mixed woodland around the Upper Lleidi Reservoir. Called Branched Oyster because it has a number of fruit-bodies growing from the same stem. Growing on a fallen Birch trunk.

 Branched Oyster, Pleurotus cornucopiae

Smokey Bracket, Bjerkandera adusta.

Again at the Upper Lleidi Reservoir this time on an Oak stump, a rather large Smokey bracket with its characteristic grey underside.

 Smokey Bracket, Bjerkandera adusta.

Peziza domiciliana.

I found this growing between the bricks on my doorstep. Quite small, although I stepped on a larger one, with a small root and fibres of mycelium. Put it on the BMS facebook site where Richard Shotbolt suggested it was likely to be Peziza domiciliana. But difficult to be certain, so I have entered it as such on the iRecord site. The good thing about ascomycetes is that they give lovely pictures under the microscope.

Gloeophyllum abietinum.

Growing on a pine pole used as a  Alder tree-support post, this resupinate strange fungus was found at the Ashpits Ponds Local Nature Reserve.  This reserve would be an ideal place for a foray later in the year.

Gloeophyllum abietinum.
Alder Tongue
Taphrina alni.

Alder Tongue Taphrina alni.

On the Alder trees one of which was supported by the post above, there were a number of Alder Tongue,  Taphrina alni.
"Taphrina alni is a fungal plant pathogen that causes Alder Tongue Gall, a chemically induced distortion of female Alder catkins
. "

Must remember to call back later in the year to get a picture of some fresh new ones!

Blistered Cup, Peziza vesiculosa.

The fields alongside the cycle-track between Horeb and Cynheidre have been drained, cleared and have now been "improved".  As part of the "improvement" process there is a large pile of manure and straw waiting to be spread and this is absolutely covered with a mass of these cup fungi, which had to be chiseled out in the freezing weather.

Peziza vesiculosa

As always corrections and/or suggestions are always welcomed.


  1. Thanks Colin and thanks for using the Blog as I can manage this but not yet facebook!!!!
    The Pleurotus is nice as I have seen this just once over the years. The doorstep Peziza is either this or P.cerea as both like 'built environment'. I have dog-walked the Ashpits for years. The species found change over the years. The T.alni is usually prominent making a colourful summer display. Did you go in by the Electric sub-station or another part?

  2. Thanks Philip, I'll make a note of P.cerea in the "comments" section of the iRecord. At least then there is an actual record with as much info as we can give, showing Carmarthenshire's diversity. I'll keep adding the more interesting species to the blogsite as I enter them on iRecord as well, so your comments will be appreciated. There are some lovely finds on facebook it's a pity they don't get as far as our iRecord site.

    I enter the LNR at the sub-station end. It makes a lovely walk coming back around the lakes.