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Abney looks wonderful in the sun, it seems to have created smiles everywhere….

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This has been a very common species on the wood chip piles in the past. Every handful of woodchips sprouted its own growth. It hasn’t been so obvious in the past few years. It has made a reappearence on the back of the big pile by the chapel. One particularly large group is growing clustered in a fused dense mass, with smaller clusters and a few single caps. The caps are quite rounded and precise in shape when they are young, but they become untidy and billowy, while keeping the basic cup/saucer shape. They look somehow folded, deformed. They can grow to be quite large, the biggest here is about 6.5cms across, but they do get bigger then this. The colour is light beige, dark cream, but they dry to white-ish. I have only found them on wood chips.

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Link to photos of Fungi and Sliome molds 2011

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I think I have found this many times before, but when I reviewed my notes to go onto this site, I didn’t have the evidence to back that up. I have now. This grows in groups at the edges of pathways, in the soil. It has smooth textured, smoooth coloured and smooth shaped caps that can look like a perfect cap, very neat and precise. The edge of the cap has a white veil adhereing to it for a long time, as long as the weather doesn’t dry it out too much. The gills are palid then grey/brown with a very fine white edge. The stem is scaley in young stems then the scales quickly go to leave a silky/shiney surface. What really pins it down are the microscopic features, the large spores, (I found 12.8 microns to 14.8 microns long by 6.5 microns to 7.3 microns wide) and the cheilocystidia, which are responsible for the light coloured edge to the gills. No pleurocystidia.

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This is another species that usually grows from early summer to late autumn. It is split in ways that I’ve not seen before, but the microscopic examination definately pins this to P. cervinus. The cap was growing in a sheltered place but the frost and gentle breeze must have dried the cap to cause the splits.

Photos by Russell Miller

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This tufted group didn’t look right at first glance. The shape of the group was unusual, and there were dark patches on the exposed caps, but everything else about the growth, both just looking at it and microscopically, was correct for the species. Perhaps the odd shaping was down to the unusual weather it was growing in. It is normally seen in summer and autumn. It didn’t survive the frost.

Photos by Russell Miller.

 

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The cemetery has dried up considerably from the quagmire of last week. While I haven’t found any new fungus growth, the daffodils are bursting into flower and the hawthron trees are unfolding new leaves. The birds are singing strongly and territories are being defended, (with real violence in a couple of hard fought robin boundaries).

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