Thursday, September 19, 2019

Meanwhile....back in Luddenden Dean

Snaketongue Truffleclub (Cordyceps ophioglossoides).
A species that parasitises the False Truffle (Elaphomyces granulatus).
The photo above shows the black fruitbody that is visible above ground.
In younger specimens this may be brownish red, or dirty yellow in colour.

The above image shows the yellow mycelial threads, that connect to the False Truffle.
Specimen shown attached to False Truffle
This specimen shows the spore bearing surface clearly
Rooting Shank (Xerula radicata).
Note the wrinkled cap

This fungus has a long rooting stipe, and grows on buried wood.

The above two images I think are the Sepia Webcap (Cortinarius decipens).

The above is, I think, The Frosty Webcap (Cortinarius hemitricus).
It looks similar to the Pelargonium Webcap, but lacks the geranium leaf scent.
Above the cortina can be seen covering the gills

The above two images are also of a Cortinarius.
Peachy Steve and I have been emailing back and forth about this one.
We think it could be The Blood Red Webcap (Cortinarius sanguineus).
You can just make out remnants of the 'cortina' (web-like membrane) on the right hand specimen, in the the first image.

Clustered Toughshank (Collybia confluens)
Note the flattened, downy stipe.

 The above two images are of the Split Fibrecap (Inocybe rimosa)
This fungus has been described as having a meal, or spermatic smell!
The second image clearly shows the radiating fibrils on the cap.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Fungi from The Scottish Highlands

I know this site is for recording natural history sightings in Calderdale,
but I couldn't resist posting some photos of my weekend away in Glen Loy.

Purple Stocking Webcap (Cortinarius stillatitius)
This fungus was covered in a mucous-like slime.
You can just make out the purple 'stocking' to the stipe. 

Larch Bolete (?Suillus grevillei var. clintonianus)

Angels Wings (Pleurocybella porrigens)

Plums and Custard (Tricholomopsis rutilans)

Pelargonium Webcap (Cortinarius flexipes)
This is easy to identify by the strong odour of geraniums. 

The eternally photogenic Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

 Dusky Puffball (Lycoperdon nigrescens)

Conifer Mazegill (Gloeophyllum sepiarium) 
Note the maze-like pores.

Yellow Staghorn (Calocera viscosa)

Wooly Milkcap (Lactarius torminosus)
When flesh is broken it produces a white, hot tasting milk.

Hoof Fungus (Fomes fomentarius) or could it possibly be a Red-belted Bracket (Fomitopsis pinicola)?
The latter being rare in the British Isles.

And finally....what fungi foray in Scotland would be without The Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)?!



Sunday, September 1, 2019

More Luddenden Fungi- 29/8/19

The above three images are of the Orange Grisette (Amanita crocea)
The top image shows a specimen emerging from the volval sac.
The middle image shows the striate edges to the orange cap.
The third image shows the stipe covered in cap coloured squamules, and the cream coloured gills.
Although not rare, it is an impressive and beautiful fungi to find.

The above image is of The Charcoal Burner (Russula cyanoxantha)
It has a very variable cap colour, ranging from violet, grey, green and purple,
which can be confusing when trying to identify it.
One key feature is that the gills don't break easily when rubbed, unlike other Russulas.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Luddenden Dean fungi

The above images are of the Scarletina Bolete (Neoboletus luridiformis)
It is identified by the red dots on a yellow stipe,
red pores (instead of gills), yellow spore tubes, and a brown, velvety cap.
It's flesh turns quickly blue when cut (see image above).

The above two images are of the Grey Spotted Amanita (Amanita excelsa var. spissa)
I got very excited thinking I'd found a Panther Cap, but Peachy Steve put me on the right track.
Panther Caps do not have striations on the stipe ring (which this did), 
and they also have a distinct rim to the volval sack that the fruit body emerges from. 

Another Amanita. This time, The Blusher (Amanita rubescens).
You can see the the pink 'blush', at the stipe base, where it has been damaged by slugs.

The above image is of the Dung Loving Psilocybe (Deconica coprophila).

Friday, July 19, 2019

Egghead Mottlegill (Panaeolus semiovatus)-Midgely Moor 14/7/19

This fungus is coprophilous (grows on dung).
You can see the partial veil (membrane) on the left hand mushroom, which protects the gills as it grows.
When the cap expands, this leaves behind a short lasting ring on the stem ( can just be made out on right hand mushroom).
This starts off white and quickly turns black, when stained with spores.
The caps of this fungus are usually shiny, dry, and often become wrinkled.

The above two images are of the False Deathcap (Amanita citrina)- Jerusalem Farm, 14/7/19

This fungus can be white, ivory, or have tinges of luminous yellow.
It emerges from a sac-like structure called a volva, like other Amanitas.
It has veil remnants on the cap, and usually a ring hanging from the stem (absent on this specimen).
The big give away when identifying this fungus is it smells of raw potatoes.

Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)-Jerusalem Farm 14/7/19

This fungus grows on living and dead deciduous wood. It ranges in cap colour from nearly white, to dark blue-grey.
It has a faint smell of aniseed when fresh. This fungi is carnivorous.
It emits chemicals that attract microscopic nematode worms, which it then catches with its hyphae (fungal threads).

Monday, July 8, 2019

From Luddenden, Halifax, to Zante, Greece!

Nettle Rust (Puccinia urticata) Lower Saltonstall-May 2019

Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) Upper Saltonstall-May 2019.
Growing on Elder, as most frequently is.
Hence one of its other names, Judas' ear, as the biblical Judas was reputedly hanged on an elder tree.

The above two images are of a fungus-like structure I found growing on a rock, under the sea,
whilst swimming in Zante, Greece (June 2019)
No idea what it is, so any suggestions welcome. There were lots of them.
The cap texture was just like a mushroom, and the stem was tough.