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Monday, 16 April 2018

Update on the last post and a few more finds.

Philip has sent me a bit more information regarding my last post, the Monilinia johnsonii. 
As hawthorn is such a common tree there are only occasional records with a few being from Wales. This makes me wonder is it just hard to spot with all the leaf litter at this time of year? As we must have hundreds on our land...
I have also been advised to look out for any leaves with black/brown patches from April to June, which should have a sweet smelling grey to buff coloured mould on them. This mould should be composed of chains of spherical conidia. This part said to be very common! So keep your eyes peeled people. 

Kretzschmaria deusta. Brittle cinder fungus.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

On First Nature this fungus is described as "a seriously worrying plant pathogen" as it causes soft rot. 
I found this on a very dead fallen Beech tree. It is an amazing colour at this stage but apparently turns black and goes brittle.This being a possible reason for it being under recorded as it looks like charred wood.  

Below: No clue on the mushroom but spot the Uromyces dactylidis! 


  1. Well done on the identification of the rust Emily - see you on Saturday.

  2. I can't take the credit I remember it from when I asked you last year! Looking forward to it!