Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ogden Water. 23.01.13

I had walk to check on Bruce's orange fungi, he located on the  05/01/2013, (please see Bruce's previous blog).  I did find Lachnellula subtilissima, before I discovered (which we now know) is Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris).

 Lachnellula subtilissima

Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris)


  1. What sizes were these two? I guess they are larger than life-size on the screen I'm looking at.

    occidentalis - that's one of the few I can translate - "western" as opposed to orientalis.
    I find it's easier to remember names if I know the meaning. Also of course they very often tell us something about the species.

    Could the top one be the same as Conifer Disco Lachnellula subtillissima) on p. 376 in Phillips (2006)?

    No sign of "Bruce's Orange Xmas Tree Disc" in there.

    1. Hi Steve, if you look at Bruce's blog from the 5th Jan, the first photo is the same as what we found, however his specimens were more mature. He originally suggested they were immature Orange Peel fungus. The largest of the discs were approximately 1.25 cm diameter, also they felt quite rubbery.

  2. Sorry, there were three.

    I was looking at the Cross Stone Naturalists (North of Keighley) website just now and found this in their "latest news". . . . .
    Microscope Group - October 2012
    The subject of the evening was Fungi and amongst the specimens taken to the meeting were heather and wet boggy moorland specimens - Hygrocybe coccinea, Mycena leptocephala and Omphalina ericetorum from Boss Moor, Hetton, which gave white spore prints and had spores which measured between 6.7 to 8.3 x 5 µm which gives us time to reflect as to how small they really are compared with, for example, the width of a human hair (80 µm) as 16 of these spores would fit comfortably, side to side, across the width of a hair. Others :- Common Earth-ball (Scleroderma citrinum ), Dead Mans Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha), Candle-snuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon), Field Blewit ( Lepista saeva), Blackberry brand (Phragmidium violaceum) on blackberry leaf, Dogs’ vomit slime fungus (Mucilago crustacea) on grass and a white micro-fungus on an alder catkin which defied identification. The members studying bryophytes looked at specimens collected from a waste area near Skipton bus station.
    Click here for slides

    1. Re Bruce's id of possible Orange Peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia). I'm sure it's not that as that grows out of bare soil or sometimes short grass, but it's like nothing else I can find. I've brought a twig home from Ogden and it has fibres like cotton wool underneath, and is attached to the bark of the conifer twig by a short, dark, cottony stem.

      The yellow disco. Is the name Michael gives to it a synonym for the Lachnellula subtilissima (Conifer Disco) in Phillips (2006) p.376 and could another synonym be Bisporella citrina (Yellow Fairy Cups or Lemon Disco)which I found on line?

    2. It's definitely not Orange Peel, did you take photo of what you found Steve?