Interesting corticioid worth looking for on conifer wood

December 13, 2017 - 15:29 -- Pat Cavanagh

Skeletocutis amorpha on an old conifer log at Stockgrove Park.  From the top this looked unremarkable, rather like a Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor) but underneath the pores  bruised a striking orange.  The Basidio checklist says "Common and widespread. Easily recognised especially if the pore surface has developed the distinctive apricot-orange colouration", and I am thinking I have probably overlooked it many a time, mistaking it for Trametes; so worth looking carefully at any small brackets on fallen conifer.

Sign of winter

December 11, 2017 - 14:49 -- Pat Cavanagh
The Goblet

We found my very favourite fungus at Waterford Heath on 26 November - The Goblet (Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis), a beautiful, elegant speciality of late autumn / winter; photo by Claudi.

Angels bonnets

November 30, 2017 - 15:08 -- Pat Cavanagh

We found a pretty little Mycena,  M. arcangeliana (Angels bonnet) at Heartwood Forest a couple of weeks ago.  This fungus sometimes has a slight yellow-green look to the cap (not visible in these specimens), but the characteristic a hint of violet in the stipe is apparent.  Photo by Claudi.

Felt saddle

October 31, 2017 - 08:35 -- Pat Cavanagh

The well-named Felt Saddle, Helvella macropus, found at Whippendell Wood at the end of September (photo by Alison)

Sinuous chanterelle

October 25, 2017 - 13:24 -- Pat Cavanagh
Pseudocratellerus sinuosus

Chanterelles seem to be having a good year in Herts.  As well as the slightly more common Horn of Plenty (Cratellerus cornucopioides),  at Northaw Great Wood we found the Sinuous chanterelle Pseudocraterellus sinuosus, which is similar but  more frilly (photo by Claudi).

Parasites at Sherrards Park Wood

October 13, 2017 - 10:32 -- Pat Cavanagh
 Asterophora lycoperdoides (Powdery piggyback)

We had an enjoyable meeting at Sherrards Park Wood on 17 September,  where the highlight for me was seeing the 2 parasitic fungi on Russula  nigricans (Blackening brittlegill) - Asterophora parasitica (Silky piggyback) and Asterophora lycoperdoides (Powdery piggyback).   Alison took a great photo of the latter.

Fenugreek puffball

September 23, 2017 - 14:01 -- Pat Cavanagh

At our meeting at Gobions Wood on 10 September, we found the small but strong-smelling fungus Phleogena faginea (Fenugreek puffball).  I have a dried specimen several years old, and it still retains its strong smell.

Autumn programme

June 22, 2017 - 09:59 -- Pat Cavanagh

Our autumn programme is now in the calendar (bottom right of home page if viewing on a pc, scroll to the bottom if using a phone or tablet).  To view information on a meeting, click on the relevant date in the calendar.  Click Read more to see all details including an aerial photo of the meeting point.


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