Friday, November 29, 2013

Nutclough Wood 28-11-13

Michael and I had a pleasant walk around the lower part of Nutclough and found a few common species that were not submerged underneath the leaf litter. 

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) - Michael's photo above and below.

Angels Bonnet (Mycena arcangeliana). 

Cheilocystidia clavate with slender, cylindrical, bristle like protrusions. My photo above and below.

Beechleaf Bonnet (Mycena capillaris) - Michael's photos above and below. 

Black Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus var. nigra).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Broadhead Clough 25-11-13

An intricate and colourful Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata). 

Crepidotus epibryus above and spores below on a dead grass stem.

Spores cylindrical/ellipsoid, smooth, 7-9 x 2.5-3 microns.

Bleeding Oak Crust (Stereum gausapatum) - above and below.

Spores elliptic, smooth, 7-9 x 3-4 microns.

Common Tarcrust (Diatrype stigma) above and spores below.

Pale brown spores. Slender, allatanoid. 2 guttulate. 7-11 x 1.2-2 microns.

Crepidotus cesatii - cap above and gills below.

 Spores subglobose, finely warty, 5-8.5 x 6-7.5 microns.

Cragg Vale 20-11-13

Peachysteve and I found some rubbery Exidia thuretiana on our walk through Cragg Vale with Basil and Lace. 

White Brain (Exidia thuretiana).

Peachysteve's photos above and mine below.

 Spores allantoid, cylindrical, smooth containing granular contents 14-20 x 5-7 microns.

Hypobasidia oval, with 3-4 epibasidia up to 50 microns in length.

Hyphae 2-3 microns, septa with clamps. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 19-11-13

I went to the Crags hoping to spot the Herald of Winter amongst the pines but yet again I didn't find it - one day maybe! Instead I found my first Onygena corvina which was quite exciting, but at the time I wasn't sure what it was and I thought it may be a Cordyceps species, so I asked Chris Yeates who identified it for me. It is a keratin-decomposing fungus that digests the fur and feathers contained in the droppings of vertebrate animals and I can tell you that this scat smelled absolutely awful.

Feather Stalkball (Onygena corvina) - in situ above and taken later at home below. Thank you Chris for the identification.

Conifer Conecap (Baeospora myosura) above and below.

Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans).

Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma - above and spores below.

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"The Moor" - Halifax 19-11-13

Michael found this dessicated specimen of Tremella foliacea on Fagus sylvatica, he took it home and rehydrated it in rainwater for an hour and just look how beautifully it has rejuvenated - well spotted Michael!

Leafy Brain (Tremella foliacea) - dessicated above and rehydrated below.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cunnery Wood 18-11-13

It is only quite a small wood but it yields plenty of fungi.

Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon).

Crimped Gill (Plicatura crispa) - above and below.

Crystal Brain (Exidia nucleata). 

Crepidotus cesatii.

Cheilocystidia branched with outgrowths.

Spores subspherical, warty, 7-8.5 x 5-6.5 microns.

Nettle Rash (Leptosphaeria acuta).

Common Bonnet (Mycena galericulata).

Lemon Disco (Bisporella citrina).

Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae). 

Spectacular Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius).

Spores almond shaped, rough, 8.5-10 x 5-6 microns.

Bleeding Broadleaf Crust (Stereum rugosum).

Spores 7-9 x 2-3 microns.

Split Porecrust (Schizopora paradoxa).

Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides).

Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus).

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

Olive Oysterling (Sarcomyxa serotina) - above and below.

Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa).