Friday, 16 October 2009

Foray: Kilvey Hill, 7th October

Kilvey Hill. It feels like my back yard.
An overcast sky and a cool day today: Good weather for searching I think. I find a great deal. So much so that by the time I get to the transmitters on the summit I run out of containers. I consider going home but carry on, finding more new mushrooms; new to me that is. By the time I get home my pockets are full too.
Below, are some of the finds I photographed on the day.

As I identify them I will add a title to the photo but if you think you know what it is or a suggestion, leave a comment.

Suillus luteus/Slippery Jack
Collybia maculata/Spotted Toughshank

The wooded patch at the top of Kilvey Hill is also used by youngsters doing whatever they do in a woods. That's fair enough but I wish they would take the litter home.
Lycoperdon perlatum/Common Puffball
The first identifier is: Do they have a stump one can feel and a crumbly surface. When they are young they are white/ slice them and the inside will be white too. Middle aged: The surface is crumbly and can be white to tan but the inside will be purplish in colour. The sac inside are the spores.
Middle age to older: The surface looks light brown the crumbly texture remains. Slit on the top developing
When they are ready to spore, the body colour darkens a yellow brown, like the ones seen below, with a small hole breaking at the top to let the spores out.
Touch them and the spores puff away.

Amanita rubescens/The Blusher

Pluteus cervinus/Deer Shield
This fungi is new to me and I have never seen it here before which is exciting. The cap is sepia in colour with a lighter streak running underneath. The gills are white but they turn dull pink as they mature. The gills are free: they don't meet the stem at all which is easy to see. The stem is not robust. Will add photos of the gills/gill attachment later.

Cladonia uncialis. It's a 'lichenised fungi'.
Tricholoma equestre/Yellow Knight

hypoxylon multiforme/Birch Woodwart

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