Thursday, 17 November 2016

Moss ear - Chromocyphella muscicola

This fantastic little thing was found on a Salix trunk amongst mosses and liverworts. I did assume it was growing on the liverwort Metzgeria furcata but this isn't listed as a substrate for this species and I think it may actually be on an underlying Hypnum.

Looking like a bathing cap attached by its rim, it has a floccose exterior and a flat hymenium on the interior, which is speckled brown with the spores (listed in family Inocybaceae in Mycobank).

A bit of removed bark

Floccose exterior, speckled interior

Spore "spots" on the hymnenium

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