Monday, 25 October 2010

GFG Foray: Pont-Nedd-Fechan

Pont-Nedd-Fechan  is a beautiful place and well known for its many waterfalls. The woodland is a mixture of broad leaf trees; like oak, beech, hazel, ash and also birch amongst others. It was also bursting with mushrooms.
After two weeks of forays with disappointing results, this foray made up for that because we found a great deal of species; some of them very beautiful and special indeed and many I haven't seen before.
Sunday morning had been frosty but not hard enough to do damage. It pays to go off the beaten track sometimes and this time we had someone who knows the area well which was really helpful. Below are a selection of some of the mushrooms we found within an hour:

Hydnum repandum/Wood Hedgehog. So called because it has spines hanging from its cap instead or conventional gills or pores.

Craterellus cornucopioides/Horn of Plenty or Trumpet of Death.

Laccaria amethystina/Amethyst Deceiver. In this photo one can see how small this specimen was when seen next to fallen acorns.

Cortinarius sanguineus/Blood-red Webcap. This mushroom is remarkably striking. The web under the cap is very slight and can only be seen with a hand lens.

We recorded three boletes. The one below looks like Boletus edulis/Cep or Penny Bun.

Pseudoboletus parasiticus/Parasitic Bolete. syn. Boletus parasiticus or Xerocomus parasiticus.
It only grows on Scleroderma citrinum/Common earthball.

 Leccinum versipelle/Orange Birch Bolete. The cap is a tawny orange.

 Ascocoryne sarcoides/Purple Jellydisc.

On a bank we found a large troop of  Clitocybe nebularis/Clouded Funnel or Clouded Agaric. Some of them were very large indeed and it's always good to see them in such numbers.

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