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Archive for November, 2010

Abney has had frost early in the morning for a while now, but today in more open areas it became white. I don’t think it will last long as there are also puddles of water and dripping trees, just right for sending a stray drip down the back of my neck. Worth it though.

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I have come across a small brownish greyish growth on ash, on the wood where the bark has come away. It is irregular and up to 2.5mm high with a series of small fuzzy shapes densely together. I have had a look under the microscope and it looks a bit as if it should be in Hypoxylon, but it doesn’t exactly match any description that I have found so far. Should anyone know what this is I would be ever so grateful.

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This is a small brown/orange growth on the cut end (in this case) of an old, wet, rotten ash trunk. The growths are something like wet breadcrumbs, they are irregular in shape and surface texture. The young growth is white and fuzzy, becoming cushion like, anb tends to be more rounded. The colour changes to yellowish ocher and finally ends up the orangey colour, sometimes still cushion like but sometimes more flattened and even thinly spread.

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A not very promising name referring to the white fibrous mildew on the fallen ash leaves. Put it under the microscope and the black round growths on the white mildewed areas have a strange spiny outgrowths.

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This is a tiny vivid rounded shiny growth on a whitish stem. They whole thing is about 1.2 mm tall. The initial colour is so bright that it is not to be missed. It begins yellowish and becomes a pinkish orange that shines out against the dead wood it grows on, before maturing to a brownish colour. This is the first time I have managed to identify it, but it has been around each year for a long time.

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This is a white clear jelly fungus growing on dead wood. There are two very similar such growths, one that dries and shrivels back to a white hard core (Exidia nucleata) and this one which doesn’t have the hard core. Each growth individually is up to 1 cm across, but they do link up seamlessly with neighbouring growths.

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Growing in its traditional and somewhat inaccessible place (on bramble twigs laying in a line of  sunken graves under yew trees) this is the first time I have found this so far in 2010. The young caps are still very young and white, pristine, with the gills ending in a short stubby link into the bramble which is the stem. The older growths are beginning to become cream with ocher tones and the gills are slightly browner.

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