Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Beacon of the bog ...

West Sussex, 8 May 2016

Bog Beacon (Mitrula paludosa)

M. paludosa grows to around 4cm tall, has an ovoid or club-shaped yellow or orange swollen fertile head, which is held aloft on a delicate white or translucent stem. M. paludosa is a saprotrophic fungus [feeding on dead organic matter] and is usually found on the remains of higher plants, mosses and algae in areas of seeping or standing water. Although widespread in Britain it can be difficult to find and, despite its bright orange head, easily overlooked.

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