Wednesday, 25 January 2017

We can’t get any further without microscopy …

I’ve heard that one before …



Back in October 2016, when I seemed to have a bit more time on my hands, I spent a number of days hunting for fungal delights in the rich and varied woodlands of Ebernoe Common in West Sussex. Over 1000 species have been recorded here including many that are nationally rare.

With a passion for the smaller things in life, on Monday, 31st October I photographed the above species. The off-white fruiting bodies of this tiny ascomycete fungus, approximately 1 to 1.5mm across, were found on a rotting piece of timber, possibly English Yew Taxus baccata. Lachnum and Dasyscyphella are probably good guesses, but unfortunately I won’t get any further without a sample [which I didn’t take] and microscopy.

I’ll be taking sample pots next time …

References:

Sterry, P. and Hughes. B. (2009). Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: HarperCollins, p. 316, fig. p. 317.