Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Phebiella (Aphanobasidium) pseudotsugae, Devilla Forest

The second time I've had this species on Pinus sylvestris, it's always fun to see the pleural basidia, which in the beginning just look weird until you twig to what's going on.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Phaeosphaeria herpotrichoides, Red Moss

Once I got over the idea that the piece of herbaceous stem I had in my hand was Juncus I was able to track this down to Phaeosphaeria herpotrichoides. Should help identify its cohabiting smaller pyrenomycete too.

Tucked under the surface with ostiole exposed

Spores olivey-yellow en masse in the asci

Typical Leptosphaeria (s.l.) spore bulge

Curious - a stretched ascus?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gnomoniella rubicola, Cullaloe LNR

A nice find on dead rubus stem at Cullaloe, was this little pyrenomycete. Thomson's ascos in colour doesn't really do it justice.

"hairy" stem covered in ostioles


asci seem to float freely around

curious ascus "eyes"

Monday, 8 August 2016

FGSES - Red Moss/Bavelaw, 07/08/2016

A very windy day in the Pentlands but it didn't put off a hardy dozen or so dead set on bothering all things fungal.

From underneath the beech strip at NE corner of Red moss

With a fair few birches there were a number of species with Betula associations

Easter egg? Amanita fulva

Lactarius tabidus

Russula betulina

Not so obvious - Mollisia ramealis
A nice find in the car park was this Taphrina alni - Alder tongue

Possibly the highlight of the day (though I do have another candidate) was this Snaketongue Truffleclub - Cordyceps ophioglossoides. The parastic Cordyceps reaches up into the air to spread spores from a false truffle which is underground.

Elaphomyces muricatus

Some other great highlights of the day ...

Boletus luridiformis - blueing like crazy on cutting

Cortinarius hemitrichus (?)

Clavulina cinerea

Trichophaea hemisphaerioides

Non fungal
You can't spend a day inthe field without also finding other things, so a small section devoted to them

Coxcomb prominent caterpillar

Common Hawker staying out of the wind

Pterostichus madidus

Friday, 5 August 2016

Cullaloe 31/07/2016 - Poroid and Pyro

One poroid, one pyro


Mostly resupinate with a shelfy overhang. The upper surface looks like it's on a fungus that wasn't designed to have an upper surface. No spores were found yet despite waiting a few days to see if they would develop.

Upper surface

Overhang from below

Form of end section where not reupinate


c.06mm diameter, spores c.17.5u long, brown with multiple rtansverse septa and some longitudinal. Possibly Cucurbitaria rubefaciens, a Salix specialist in E&E.  

Small scattering of perithecia - no stroma

Ascus tip - no I+ signs anywhere (unless spores initially hyaline ... dammit)

Monday, 1 August 2016

Hymenoscyphus vitellinus at Cullaloe, 31/07/2016

Found on the rotting herbaceous stems beside a small channel at the north of the reserve

Spore in KOH

A non-discharged ascus

Spore in Melzers

Blued ascus pores

Keying out in Dennis