Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hardcastle Crags 27/12/2012

We just had a short walk today in the Crags, before Oliver said he was still poorly and wanted to go back to the car. He's definitely ill, if he's not happy in a wood! Poor boy.

Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa). 

Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus).

Purplepore Bracket (Trichaptum abietinum) above and below.

Crystal Brain (Myxarium nucleatum). Thanks to Chris Yeates for the id.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lepista flaccida (Tawny Funnel) in Hardcastle Crags, 22/12/2012

 Lepista flaccida (Tawny Funnel). Many thanks to Mal, at the Mid-Yorks Fungi Group who identified it.

I would not usually put Oliver's gorgeous face on the Blog, but I just wanted to make a visual comparison as it was huge - 20 cm diameter.

These were the tiny yellow spindles  I saw yesterday. Calocera cornea (Small Stagshorn).

Steve, yes, just to confirm it is Ganoderma applanatum (Artist's Bracket), after I inscribed Oliver's initials on it.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hardcastle Crags 21/12/2012

Hardcastle Crags 21/12/2012

I went on a mission to find the Herald of Winter this morning. It was a lovely day and I even saw some sunshine, which was refreshing after the last couple of days of rain.  Unfortunately I did not locate the Herald, however,  it was a productive day after I found the following species below.

Mal has suggested that these are a Lycogala, probably terrestre,  please see comments below.

Olive oysterling (Panellus serotinus), above and below.

Witches' Butter (Exidia glandulosa)

Exidia plana above and below.

Black Bulgar (Bulgaria inquinans).

This may be a Beech Jellydisc or an Ascocoryne species, maybe sarcoides, thanks Bruce.

 Small Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa).

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), above and below.

Crimped Gill (Plicatura crispa) caps above and gills below.

Oliver proposed they are slime mould, may be Leocarpus fragilis

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fungus in Newt Corner, Cromwell Bottom

Here are a couple of fungi seen at Newt Corner, Cromwell Bottom on Saturday 15th Dec 2012

This Bracket was smooth underneath with maze-like pores

Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa tricolor  

Jelly Ear

Auricularia auricula-judae ?

The palest I have ever seen

(can you see the cat)?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hardcastle Crags 17/12/2012

Michael suggested at the HSS (Halifax Scientific Society) social, now was the time of year to look for of Hygrophorous hypothejus (Herald of Winter), which normally appear after the first frosts, around pine trees. I had a one hour window after shopping in Hebden Bridge and I decided to take a quick look and see if I could find it in Hardcastle Crags. Visibility wasn't good, as it was a overcast, wet day. I did find the pine trees but, unfortunately, no Hygrophorous hypothejus. All was no lost however, as I did find these specimens below.


Mycena, cap above, gills below

Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura).

 . Oliver said they were Beechwoodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme).

Hypoxylon multiforme (Birch Woodwart).

Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum).

Birch Jelly Fungus (Exidia repanda).