Sunday, October 25, 2015

Foray to Holywell Green area (and Gosport Clough) 25.10.15

Fungus Foray to the Holywell Green area 25th October 2015

With thanks for rarer species/groups identification by Peachysteve.
The find of the day (year?) was Violet Coral (Clavaria zollingeri)

Two fruiting bodies some yards apart, in the steep mossy pasture between the Beech plantation and the woods of Gosport Clough.
(A sketch plan is in Annie Honjo’s notebook)
Also new to us was Fairy Inkcaps
Present: Members Steve Blacksmith (leader) Peachysteve, Annie Honjo, Mike Brook,
Tess(guest) and Andrew (guest.)

Fly Agaric
The Deceiver
Amethyst Deceiver
Snowy Waxcap
Common Inkcap
Turkey Tail
Black Milking Bonnet
Fairy Inkcap (Coprinellus disseminatus)
Angel's Bonnet
Trooping Funnel
Earthy Powdercap
Oak Milkbug
Tar Spot
Yellow sp. of Club
Dewdrop Mottlegill
Golden Waxcap
Apricot Club
Heath Waxcap
Stump Puffball
Hairy Curtain Crust
Brown Oak Cup (Rutstroemia firma)
Oak Bark Spot
Beech Woodwart
Blackening Brittlegill
The Blusher
Beech Tar Crust
Boletus sp. (small)
Russula sp. (Yellow Cap)
Meadow Waxcap (Large number.)
Slimy Waxcap
Gallerina sp.
Pink Waxcap
VIOLET CORAL two fruiting bodies some metres apart
Parrot Waxcap
Splendid Waxcap
Butter Waxcap
Crested Coral
Magic Mushroom (Liberty Cap.)
Orange Waxcap
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust
Charcoal Burner
Meadow Coral
Clouded Funnel
Common Rustgill

Scribe SB - checked Peachysteve

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stoodley Glen 18.10.15

Our Foray at Stoodley Glen produced the following list: With thanks to Peachysteve for id's of less common fungi.
(Further information on the day's sightings is over on Calderdale-wildlife.blogspot.)

Birch Polypore (Latin names will be added later if I have time)
Dark Honey Fungus
Un-id woodland Agaric
Un-id bracket possibly young Turkeytail
Russula sp. (grey cap)
Holly Speckle
Oak twig spot
Birch twig spot
Elfin Saddle
Oak twig spot (different from above)
Oak twig white crust (Split Porecrust)
The Deceiver
Magic Mushroom (Psilocybe semilanceata)
Common Earth Ball
Birch twig spot (oval spots)
Toughshank (Collybia sp)
Pinkgill (Entoloma sp.)
Petticoat Mottlegill
Meadow Waxcap
A red Waxcap prob. Hygrocybe splendissima
Egghead Mottlegill
A yellow Waxcap  H. chlorophana
Heath Waxcap
Pink Waxcap
Yellow Brain on dead Gorse stem
Amethyst Deceiver
Crested Coral (possibly)
Brown Roll-rim
False Death-cap
Boletus sp. (Red-cracking group.)
Webcap sp.
The Blusher
Clustered Toughshank
Bell sp. (Gallerina sp.)
Brown Birch Bolete
A Stereum crust on dead Hawthorn trunk
Common Bonnet
Bulbous Honey Fungus
Artist's Bracket
Approx. 38 species in approx. 3 hours.

Peachysteve adds these links, etc

 One of the oak spots, I'll call it Oak Bark Slit (it has no common
 The other
 One of the birch bark spots
Oak twig white crust was Split Porecrust
Crust on dead Hawthorn trunk was a stereum species
The Leccinum was Brown Birch Bolete

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Porcelain Fungus - Copley - 10.08.15

Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

Often considered as growing specifically on dead Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
This is the second time I have found it on living Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
Both times on the oaks between the canal and river surrounding the playing fields nr Hollas Lane.

A very attractive fungus with a glossy white cap.
The gills can be seen through the thin cap giving a striate appearance to the bottom edge.

Here you can see the stem ring and the distant gills.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Winter Polypore

I'm sticking my neck out on the identity, as I've not seen Winter Polypore Polyporus brumalis before.
Photographed 3rd May.

It is reminiscent of Black-foot Polypore, with a "fat foot", rather than a black one.
Growing on rotting birch branches near the Shackleton Monument, the stone pillar above Midgehole Car Park at Hardcastle Crags.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cobalt Crust (Terana caerulea)

I called it Violet Crust as I didn't have of the correct name, and I was going to look it up.
It looks inky-blue here, but definitely has or had a beautiful violet colour. Photoed 19.3.15.
Thanks to Peachysteve for the identification.

It's growing on the underside of a broken hoe handle in my garden, where it was in contact with a plank of wood below it. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Scarlet Elf Cup - Sarcoscypha sp.

There is a good show of these at the bottom of North Dean Wood at the moment (mid Feb. 2015)
I have read that it was at one time collected for Xmas decorations, but this winter it didn't begin to show until well after Xmas.

It wasn't found locally by the Halifax Scientific Society when our famous life member, Professor Roy Watling was foraying as a boy and young man. Only after he was Director at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens did it start to colonise, or re-colonise, Calderdale. That was in the 1970s.

There used to be some discussion whether our local one is Sarcoscypha coccinea or S. austriaca, but now it seems generally accepted that it is S. austriaca.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


I think this is Field Blewit Lepista saeva; quite an old specimen, cap 50 mm. 
from a garden at Saville Park, in the soil at the foot of an old privet hedge. Found 8.1.15.

I usually find Wood Blewit Lepista nuda in gardens, which I have occasionally taken home to cook, but as they often come up in compost heaps and grass-cutting dumps, and these are quite likely to have had garden chemicals incorporated, I  now tend to leave them alone. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ogden Water December 2014

We went looking for Pithya vulgaris in December. Although we found some small specimens they did not photograph very well. We did do a little better with the ones shown below, all are unidentified so an I.D. would be appreciated. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ogden Water November 2014

I've been so busy with work that I've had very little time to foray lately and post my finds on here.
I visited Ogden a few times in November and always managed to discover something along the way.
My fungus of the year was the Herald of Winter (Hygrophorus hypothejus) as Michael set me the task of finding it three years ago and now my search is finally over.

Variable Oysterling (Crepidotus variablis) above and below.
Found growing in abundance on dead herbaceous stems.

Spores amygdaloid, 5.5-6.6 x 3-4 microns.

Clavate, branched cheilocystidia

Deer Sheild (Pluteus cervinus) above and below.

Horned cheilocystidia.

Spores ellipsoid 6-8 x 4-6 microns.

Conifer Tuft (Hypholoma capnoides). 

Unlike Hypholoma fasciculare, it has pale grey gills.

Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans).

Purplepore Bracket (Trichaptum abietinum) growing from a dead pine log.
They don't look very pretty when you look at the caps but the porous, fertile surface is a very beautiful colour.

Silverleaf Fungus (Chondrostereum purpureum).
In comparison to Trichaptum abietinum, this has a smooth, fertile under surface. 

Root-Rot (Heterobasidion annosum).

Herald of Winter (Hygrophorus hypothejus).
 First seen on the 1st November when Peachysteve and I led a foray with Ogden Wildlife WATCH group with Robin Dalton and Chris Sutcliffe.
 I remember when Oliver and myself joined the HSS and Michael said to me "I've got one for you to find" and it was this.
So, I've spent the last three years, trudging around in coniferous woodland trying to find it.
When I first laid my eyes on it I didn't even recognize it! 

The stipe is so slippery that you have trouble picking it up.

Seen again on the 18th November in a different location (above) and on the 27th of November  in a different part of the wood with Michael (below).

Michael's photograph.

Spores 6.6-9.35 x 4.5-5 microns.

Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa) above and below.

Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides) above and spores below.

Olive Oysterling (Sarcomyxa serotina) above and showing the lovely orange gills below.

Elastic Oysterling (Panellus mitis) above and below.
Thanks to Fungorum (Dave) for the identification.

It was very rubbery and had a tough, gelatinous, cap cuticle.

Ergot (Claviceps purpurea) on dead Purple Moor Grass (Molinia caerulea) spikelets.

White Brain (Exidia thuretiana).

Clustered Toughshank (Gymnopus confluens).

Cheilocystidia knobbly, +/- lobed and wavy.

Spores tear shaped, 6-9 x 2.5-4 microns.

Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura).
Michael's photograph.
These were popping up everywhere and I've never seen as many specimens in the same location, it was crazy.

Cheilocystidia clavate to fusiform without crystals.

Spores amyloid, ellipsoid, 3-4.5 x 1.5-2 microns.

Snakeskin Brownie (Hypholoma marginatum).

Yellow Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa).

Mealy Bonnet (Mycena cinerella) found growing from rotting, coniferous needle litter.

Cinnamon Webcap (Cortinarius cinnamoneus) above and below.

Leafy Brain (Tremella foliacea).

Michael and I found this species of fungus but it has completely flummoxed us.
It was in a group of five, all identical. Cap 1.5 cm, white and matt. White, adnate gills.
Pink, floccose stem, 2.75 cm, arising from a soft, bulbous, mycelial base.
We have never seen anything like it before and we have absolutely no idea what it is.
We did go back another day to try and find some more but we couldn't see any.
Michael's photograph above and mine below. One suggestion of mine is that they may have been introduced from spores on the recycled Christmas trees that surround the edge of the reservoir?
If anyone has any ideas please leave a comment.

Spore print pink/orange. Spores pip shaped/amygdaloid, rough/warty, 4.5-5.5 x 3.5 microns.