Monday, 27 August 2018

New growth ...

Tiered Tooth (Hericium cirrhatum)




Three recent images of freshly emerging H. cirrhatum. The largest, on the mossy background, approximately 4cm in height. The smallest, emerging from a wound in the bark of a decaying beech, less than 2cm in diameter.

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. 470, fig. p. 471.
Kibby, G. (2017). Mushroom and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Volume 1, p. 44, fig. p. 45.
O’Reilly, P. (2016). Fascinated by Fungi – exploring the majesty and mystery, facts and fantasy of the quirkiest kingdom on earth. Llandysul: First Nature, p. 233.
Phillips, R. (2006). Mushrooms. London: Pan Macmillan, p. 327, fig. g.
Sterry, P. and Hughes. B. (2009). Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: HarperCollins, p. 280, fig. p. 281.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Drought conditions …

Tiered Tooth (Hericium cirrhatum)




H. cirrhatum is a rare tiered tooth fungus of dead hardwood trees in old established woodland. It has been reported from a number of sites in southern England but nowhere is it common. Despite the very hot and dry conditions, on Monday, 18th June 2018 I visited local woodland where I first observed H. cirrhatum in August 2018. Notwithstanding my reservations, I was surprised to find a small, partly slug eaten fruiting body close to the location of last season’s emergence. I did not revisit until Wednesday, 1st August 2018 when the above images were taken nearby.

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. 470, fig. p. 471.
Kibby, G. (2017). Mushroom and Toadstools of Britain and Europe. Volume 1, p. 44, fig. p. 45.
O’Reilly, P. (2016). Fascinated by Fungi – exploring the majesty and mystery, facts and fantasy of the quirkiest kingdom on earth. Llandysul: First Nature, p. 233.
Phillips, R. (2006). Mushrooms. London: Pan Macmillan, p. 327, fig. g.
Sterry, P. and Hughes. B. (2009). Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools. London: HarperCollins, p. 280, fig. p. 281.