Friday, 24 February 2017

Ecclesiastical fungi ...

Cedar Cup (Geopora sumneriana)








G. sumneriana is an unusual ascomycete fungus which is typically found partially buried in small groups beneath cedar trees in parks, gardens and churchyards. This relatively large cup fungus initially develops underground as a hairy orange-brown to reddish-brown sphere before breaking through the soil surface and opening up to form a crown-shaped cup. It is a widespread though generally uncommon find in Britain. The above examples, including two specimens growing through the cracks in a tarmac path, were taken recently in an ancient churchyard in West Sussex …

References:

Buczacki, S., Shields, C. and Ovenden, D. (2012). Collins Fungi Guide: The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain & Ireland. London: HarperCollins, p. 610, fig. p. 611.
Phillips, R. (2006). Mushrooms. London: Pan Macmillan, p. 367, fig. p. 366 (b).
Sterry, P. and Hughes. B. (2009). Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: HarperCollins, p. 314, figs. pp. 314 and 315.