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.

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