Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tricholoma focale/Booted Knight

 About four years or so I came across a mushroom that I could not identify. Indeed I could not identify which family it belonged to. It seemed to be Cortinarius but also Agaricus. I could not find it any book and left it with a sense of frustration.
The mushroom did not fruit again until this year in exactly the same place as before and this time after photographing it I asked others via fungi groups on Facebook for help; within the hour several people came back with the same answer Tricholoma focale/Booted Knight.

 One of the problems is that in one book it is not listed at all and in another, the photograph looks nothing like what I found and states that it's only found in Caledonia forests which hampered things. In Bons' book, (which is now out of publication) it is listed and actually does look like the mushroom I picked so it's worth keeping all those old books.

One of the most interesting aspects of this mushroom for me is its colour. The stipe is scaly with orange/brown tones and it also has ring remnants. The cap is domed and lustrous with a bronze sheen over orange and brown. Many thanks to those mycologists who helped me out.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Kilvey Hill 19-11-11

It's been almost a month since I went up Kilvey Hill and did a full search, going to parts of the hill that I've never ventured too before which bore some surprising finds. On the way to the hill I came across Mycena vitilis/Snapping Bonnet (above) and Tricholoma fulvum/Birch Knight, (below). This Knight has a very long stipe that goes deep into the soil.

Also on the way were two more Tricholomas, T.focale and Tricholoma scalpturatum/Yellowing Knight, the photo below is of Tricholoma scalpturatum. It fruits in the same place every year at the bottom of Kilvey Road but this year in  numbers I couldn't count.

Below is a Cortinarius but there are so many in this family (at least 600) that identification is near impossible.

Another Knight, this time Tricholoma equestre/Yellow Knight. It's a regularly fruiting fungi here and stands out a mile since it's one of only two yellow Knights.

And another Knight this one is Tricholoma focale.

Along one path was Peziza badia/Bay Cup,. This was the first time that I've ever seen it in such numbers. This year for some reason there seems to have been a glut of particular species. What struck me about these was their size. They were particularly large.

On a path that I have never taken before I came across an area of land where the trees were less dense and the ground covered in moss, amongst the moss was this very small least that's what I think it is at the moment.

On the Port Tennant side of Kilvey Hill there are places where wood chip has been left under the trees. Tree bark mulch is favorable to many species of fungi and here, covering many square feet were a variety of 'woodchip' fungi. Below is Hypholoma marginatum/Snakeskin brownie. In the front is Pluteus cervinus/Deer Shield.

On the way down and home I also came across Collybia butyracea/Butter cap, here in a fairy ring.

And finally Amanita muscaria/Fly agaric. It's worth saying here that where I found this was severly damaged by fire earlier in the year and I feard that this mushroom would suffer as a result but not so. In fact there were many out and curiously all found on the Port Tennant side of the hill.

Lake Pluck 21-11-11

At Lake Pluck, the fungi season has been rich with species and like last year, fruiting in tremendous amounts. The greatest number today were Collybia butyracea/Butter Cap, This is a variable species when one looks at the cap but the surface does feel like butter when dry so it's always worth a gentle touch. The photo of the fairy ring below is this species. The ring itself was about ten foot in diameter and there were quite a few of them. Below is Piptoporus betulinus/Birch Bracket

Below is Lepista Nuda/Wood Blewit.  This year I have found a number of this mushroom, quite large ones too.

I'll have to look this mushroom up though it's an Agaricus. The dark red discolouration should be helpful in identification.

 The most interesting find today is shown below. It's a Jelly Tongue; Pseudohydnum gelatinosum. I'll try and get some better photos later. 

Above is a photo of the Blushing Bracket/Daedaleopsis confragosa. There was quite a lot of this maroon coloured bracket about.
Below are two photos of Clitocybe nebularis /Clouded Funnel. I could not photograph the length this species was growing. The second photo hints at its length, which was roughly twelve foot but there was another arc that was easily over twenty five feet. The brambles and trees prevented me from finding the end.

 It's never fails to surprise me what ends up in the woods. A load of staplers and staples and next to it, the screws and things needed to fix a sink to a wall.

Below is a lichen, Cladonia floerkeana, the red parts are the spore producing bodies.

Finally, two brackets which I'll have a look at later as I can't identify them off the top of my head but hopefully the blue tint to the pores will be helpful.

Lake Pluck 21-11-11
Collybia butyracea
Russula ochroleuca
Suillus luteus
Clitocybe nebualris
Lepista Nuda
Daedaleopsis confragosa
Pseudohydnum gelatinosum