Monday, 1 February 2016

Amongst the mosses

Mooching around in the wilds of Woods Mill today with Graeme Lyons, marvelling at the variety of mosses growing on the aged willows, I couldn't help noticing this striking crimson bracket fungus:
My guess was that this here is Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa and Graeme concurred. These dark finger prints that are left behind when you squish it are diagnostic:

... and the books says it's very common. Only the old brackets are this dark reddish brown on top; they start off a pale brown colour.

Growing nearby was this cheeky little streak of Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare, taking advantage of a decaying willow branch.

UPDATE 3/2/2016 - A reader has been in touch to say he'd be willing to place a (very small) bet that this is really Velvet Shank Flammulina sp. Thank you Reader - I shall return for a closer look.

For the blob fans amongst you, we also found quite a bit of this:
It won't surprise regular readers to hear that I don't know what this is.

But one feature (aside from it's relative shapeless and colourless-ness) jumped out at me: It's resupinate [i.e. the fruit body is lying flat against the branch it's growing on]. So I don't think it's one of the jelly things (Exidia sp.) that I've been seeing recently on willow and on birch.

There's something in Collin's Complete Guide that looks like it could be this: Peniophora quercina.
  • Fruit body to 0.5 mm thick, fully resupinate forming irregular patches several centimetres in extent;
  • Surface initially waxy or gelatinous with a smooth or slightly warty texture;
  • dull blue or lilac when moist [um... not really] but drying bright pink or grey with a lilac tint [umm... maybe? does a slightly pinky-brown count?]
The book says it's typically found on oak but occasionally other deciduous trees. To be honest I thought everything we were looking at was growing on willow - but I probably need to check that.

UPDATE 3/2/2016 - word on the Sussex Fungi Yahoo Group is that this is probably Exidia thuretiana. Apparently Peniophora species are usually rock-hard, whereas this looks more rubbery. 

What is it they say... One out of three ain't bad? 

For the record
Date: 01/02/16
Location: Woods Mill nature reserve
Grid reference: TQ217136

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