Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Other Fungi from Ogmore

 Some of the fungi we picked at Ogmore. Above is Clitocybe gibba/Common Funnel. It has a rich orangey-red colour and when it matures the cap will become strongly decurrent meaning the gills will turn upright.
Below is Macrocystidia cucumbis/Cucumber Cap. The cap is a dark blackish brown to purplish brown with a light margin which can be seen in the photo. It has a very distinctive smell; that of cucumber or even fishy odour. The cap colour is darker when moist and dries paler when dried out.

Below is Lepista panaeolus. It's also known as Lepista luscina. It's uncommon to rare but relatively easy to identify. The cap is a dull grey/brown and often looks like its dusty. It's frequently ornamented with concentric rings of spots and that is useful when identifying it in the field.It can be solitary and sometimes in rings.

 From left to right: Clavaria fragilis/White Spindles, Panaeolus fimicola (=P. ater)/Turf Mottlegill, Clavulinopsis helvola/Yellow Club and Xylaria hypoxylon/Stag's Horn Fungi.
Below Xylaria hypoxylon/Stag's Horn Fungi or Candlesnuff Fungi. A very common fungi that lives on dead wood. The tip is always white and the stipe is black and minutely hairy. Click on the photos to see more clearly.

Below is Galerina pumila/Dwarf Bell. When this mushroom is moist it's very striate and can be seen in the picture.

From left to right:  Tulostoma brumale/Winter Stalkball, Xylaria polymorpha/Dead Mans Fingers and Stropharia squarrosa
Tulostoma brumale/Winter Stalkball. It belongs to what are commonly called 'stomach fungi' which include the Earthball species. A very small and overlooked mushroom that can be found in sand dunes, sandy soils and moss. The cap is 1-2 cms wide atop a basic stipe and has a tiny opening on the top to shoot its spores. It's uncommon and can be found over winter to early spring.

 This is Clavulinopsis corniculata/Meadow Coral. A common fungi to be found in lawns and pastures. Yellow fruitbody sometimes with a forked top/dichotomously branched with incurved tips.

Clavulina rugosa/Wrinkled Club. A wrinkled, irovy coloured fungi. It can reach 10 cms high and sometimes has antler like branches, sometimes its more simpler but always with an irregular, wrinkled and uneven surface. It's common and often found in groups. At Afan Argoed a few years ago this fungi was growing in great numbers over a very large area.

Although the photo does not do the fungi justice this is Clavulinopsis luteoalba/Apricot club. It has a richer colour than the other yellow species but it has a white tip and that helps identifying it. That can just be made in the picture below.

 At Ogmore we found Cystoderma amianthinum/Earthy Powdercap in reasonable numbers. A common fungi on heaths or woodlands. The cap has wrinkled quality, along the margin of the cap there are remnants giving it a ragged edge and the stipe is distinctualy granular.

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