Monday, December 2, 2013

Hathershelf Scout Wood 29-11-13

The find of the day for me was the C. aeruginascens as I have encountered the green mycelium before but never the fruiting bodies. They were very small 3mm maximum and I think they must be going to get slightly bigger as literature states they reach 5mm.

Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) - above and spores below. Found on Betula pendula.

Spores 2 guttulate, 7-10 x 1.5-2 microns. I shall go back and retrieve some more samples and take some infinitely better photographs down the microscope!

Common Eyelash (Scutellinia scutellata) - above and microscopy shots below.

Rooting, multiply septate hairs, pointed at the tips, thick walled, dark brown. Paraphyses, septate with orange coloured swollen tips.

 Asci 8 spored, verruculose, hyaline, 18-21 x 11-13 microns.

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes).

Rosellinia aquila - above and spores below.

Mature  spore. Smooth with germination cleft, 20-25 x 7-8 microns.

Immature spore - guttulate.

Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma.

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) on the top of the log and Common Inkcap (Coprinopsis atramentaria) nestled below.


  1. Your microscope shots are even better than usual - like subtle abstract art - are you using different stains?

  2. Hi Steve - no I'm not using different stains, it is just pot luck what my camera produces. The two photos of the R. aquila spores which have a greenish background were just mounted in water.

  3. Must mention the Chlorociboria as well. I think it's rarely seen fruiting. Well done!
    These are the ones, I believe, that stain wood that was highly prized by cabinet makers and fretworkers to blend with other colours and patterns of wood.