Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hardcastle Crags 11-12-13

It was a beautiful autumn day, so Michael and I decided to have a walk through the Crags in the glorious sunshine.

Small Moss Oysterling (Arrhenia retiruga) - above and below.

They parasitise different species of moss and they were really difficult to capture as they were so small. The caps were 5-10mm and no more, they lacked a stem and gills (as I know them) and had what I can only describe as a smooth wavy undersurface. I have kept a voucher specimen as they are supposed to be quite rare, but once again they are probably over-looked as they are so small.

Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum).

Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes).

Purplepore Bracket (Trichaptum abietinum).

Beech Jellydisc (Neobulgaria pura - above and below).

Asci tips blued in Melzer's reagent. Spores 7-9 x 4-4.5, 2-guttulate, smooth, hyaline, ends rounded.

Ochre Brittlegill (Russula ochroleuca).

Towards the Sun, by Michael.

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