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by John Watt
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Phaeohelotium query
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Re: Phaeohelotium query

Hello Andreas, Thanks: there were oil droplets all right but I did have some doubts about the habitat: these twigs were on the top of a pile of debris. The parahyphises did have the strongly refractive contents mentioned in Declerq's treatment of the genus. Maybe I need to look through his key a bit...
by John Watt
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Phaeohelotium query
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Re: Phaeohelotium query

Hi again Chris,

Those are helpful pointers.
I was very wary of oversquashing the tissue after reading Otto's piece: I could easily imagine the asci being sheared off their attachments.
I find even my scalpel blade seems to fat to get a thin enough slice !

Best wishes,

John W
Ormskirk
by John Watt
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Phaeohelotium query
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Re: Phaeohelotium query

Many thanks for clarifying that Chris. I became pretty sure I had the correct ID but just felt oppressed that it might be first record for UK: a big responsibility ! I have spent the rest of the day also looking for croziers, or the lack thereof, with Hymenoscyphus albidus. So it's been a good learn...
by John Watt
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Phaeohelotium query
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Phaeohelotium query

At Smithills Hall woods yesterday, I found some ascos growing on the bark of fallen Fagus twigs; not exceedingly rotten. The discs are not hairy at the margin, and have minimal stipe - rather a thick tapering attachment, well less than half as long as the width of the disc. They were initially whiti...
by John Watt
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: General fungi discussion
Topic: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)
Replies: 718
Views: 103085

Re: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)

Hi Mike, I thought as a follow on to the Morella esculenta, I'd post this one of Gyromitra esculenta, the False Morel, which apparently causes most poisonings in North America; this one of 4 found in New Brunswick under Aspen and Pine. The toxin is monomethylhydrazine. Not sure why ever it was calle...
by John Watt
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Fungi ID requests (post here if you aren't sure what type of fungus you've found)
Topic: possible Leuopaxillus under Picea
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: possible Leuopaxillus under Picea

Many thanks indeed Andreas for putting me back on the right path. I was very uncomfortable with supposed rarity, and I ought to have thought of checking out Calocybe gambosa, which I have not studied in detail before. I hadn't realised the stipe could be so bulky and the cap so staining, but read ab...
by John Watt
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Fungi ID requests (post here if you aren't sure what type of fungus you've found)
Topic: possible Leuopaxillus under Picea
Replies: 2
Views: 719

possible Leuopaxillus under Picea

Hi, I worked through this fungus and came to Leucopaxillus candidus, which is pretty scarce, and doesn't appear on the FRDBI listings, though it is in Index Fungorum. I used FN and B&K. It is growing in a trooping group of around 30 ramets, under pure stand of Picea; cap not expanding and with inrol...
by John Watt
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: General fungi discussion
Topic: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)
Replies: 718
Views: 103085

Re: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)

Hi, Interesting to read your replies here. I had heard from somewhere that Hygrocybe DNA had been isolated within Plantago species, even to the extent of appearing in the plant's seed endosperm. I don't know the source of this information, but that indeed would not support an ectomycorrhizal associa...
by John Watt
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: General fungi discussion
Topic: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)
Replies: 718
Views: 103085

Re: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)

Thanks for this information Ken, a reassurance in some ways.
I was wondering what the plant associate might be; there are bluebells, bryophytes ferns; Pinus, Quercus, Carpinus and Acer in vicinity.

John
by John Watt
Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: General fungi discussion
Topic: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)
Replies: 718
Views: 103085

Re: Fungus Of The Day (One identified fungus only please, with species name in attachment comment and in post)

Hello folks, A nice idea, fungus for the day. Well, I was 'gobsmacked' when I stumbled across this Hygrocybe chlorophana in my deciduous woodlands this week, though not far from a field. I was working in the wood, but carried it carefully on glove to car then realised I ought to photo on site so tri...