Monday, April 29, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 25-04-13

 I managed to find a perfect Pinecone Cap protruding out of the woodland floor, which had grown on a pine cone submerged underneath, and also some more cheerful Snowy Discos, this time growing from a pine twig. 

Pinecone Cap (Strobilurus tenacellus), above and below.

Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum), growing on a pine twig.

Pine Needle Cast (Lophodermium pinastri).

I ran out of time at the Crags, so I photographed the Pine Needle Cast at home (above and below).

The black, oval fruiting bodies (apothecia) run in lines along the needle itself and have a shallow depression at the centre.

Park Wood 01-02-13

It was great to see the Albino Jelly Ear without it being covered in snow and it shall be interesting to observe, whether later this year the very small ones reach maturity or not and if they can be sighted on anymore elder trees in the area. The Winter Polypores were flourishing and I shall try and find the Green Elfcups on future forays to Park Wood, if I can remember where the fallen branch is.

Fringed Polypore (Polyporus ciliatus), cap above and pores below.

A pretty cluster of Scarlet Elfcups (Sarcoscypha austriaca).

Albino Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-juddae) var. lactea, above and below.

The mycelium of the Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens) had stained the wood a beautiful blue-green. The fruiting bodies  were not there on this trip, however I shall try and find them in situ this year.

Elder Whitewash (Hyphodontia sambuci).

Cramp Balls or King Alfred's Cakes (Daldinia concentrica).

Bark Bonnet (Mycena speirea), Thanks again to Chris for the id.

Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus).

Ogden Water 31-01-13

Bruce, Steve, Andy and myself visited Ogden Water again after the snow had melted, which revealed the masses of Pithya vulgaris  on the recycled Fir trees at the reservoir edge. There were hundreds of them, all of various sizes ranging from tiny smooth dots, to these mature convoluted ones below.

Fir Disco (Pithya vulgaris), above and below.

Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme), above and below.

Crystal Brain (Exidia nucleata), in the above three photographs. Thanks to Mal Greaves for the identification.

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

Immature Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

 Mature Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).

Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha), above and below.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Broadhead Clough 30-01-13

Broadhead Clough is my local nature reserve, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.  It is always pleasant to wander through as it is so peaceful and quiet and on most occasions I visit, I never see another soul.

Variable Oysterling (Crepidotus variabalis), cap above, gills below.

Beech Barkspot (Diatrype disciformis). Thanks Chris.

Split Porecrust (Schizopora paradoxa).

Birch Woodwart (Hypoxylon multiforme)

Blushing Brackets (Daedaleopsis confragosa), above and below.

Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) 23-04-13

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum)

 I went for a short walk through North Dean Woods and found lots of really dainty clusters of Snowy Disco on fallen Beech masts and leaves, underneath the leaf litter.  

Bog Beacons (Mitrula paludosa) 22-04-13

I went to check on the Bog Beacons (Mitrula paludosa) and they have grown a little, but not significantly. There are more specimens growing in the same location, and it will be interesting to observe their progress and monitor their development.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 18-04-013

I found a Mollisa  growing on Pine and Larch cones. I can't show you any shots of what I saw under the microscope of any of the fungi below, as the point and press camera I have been using has got a problem, and the images are awful. When I get an adapter for the Olympus, I'll upload them at a later date. Anyway, things are now starting to grow and it was great to see a Pinecone Cap, even though it was damaged.

All of the above is of Mollisia.

False Truffle (Elephomyces granulata). When I cut into the fungus at home the flesh was granular, hence the name granulata. The diameter was 2 cm.

Bracken Map (Rhopographus filicinus).

Small Stagshorn (Calocera cornea), above and below.

A damaged example of a Pinecone Cap (Stobilurus tenacellus). (Why didn't I move the twig)!

A Lachnum species on a Pine twig