Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Another hyphomycete - Ascodichaena rugosa

With all the twig-bothering that's going on related to lichens and pyrenomycetes you can't help running into hyphomycetes. This one took a bit of running down, partly because I was searching under the wrong tree in the literature, but turned out to be Ascodichaena rugosa. Very cute under the microscope, as is often the way with hyphomycetes.

In context - terrible photo though

Monday, 7 March 2016

Eutypa maura

On a dead Sycamore branch at the bottom of the path up the Cullaloe Hills

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Birch leaf deconstruction

In nature nothing is wasted and not least vegetable matter. These nice three species are all findable on fallen Birch leaves at the moment

Left is Discosia artocreas, centre is Gnomonia alni-viridis (syn. setacea) and right is Venturia ditricha.

The Discosia is nice under the lens, with spores which have appendages and whose ends are entertainingly cyanophilous

These are all from Calis Muir Wood in Dunfermline