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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Calocera viscosa

This is a species commonly found in our wooodlands, exclusively on dead wood of conifers, usually on mossy stumps.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Small Stagshorn Calocera cornea

Unlike C.viscosa, which is confined to conifers, this species is found only on broad-leafed trees. This was on Oak. The lichens on this length of dead branch on the floor has the typical coarse bark and cover of lichens ("lichenised fungi").

The fungus darkens from yellowish to orange in dry conditions. It was somewhat irksome that these were not yellow after several days of rain, rain the night before and rain during our search.

The term "stagshorn" is used in several fungus names. No stag ever had horns (permanent, unbranched): they have antlers which are seasonal and branched.

This species is mms tall, compared with C viscosa, which is cms tall.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

The White Saddle Helvella crispa wih Stereo

This is a common Ascomycete mushroom in damp, deciduous woodland. It can be difficult to spot among fallen leaves (last image). It is ediblle, if you are very hungry. (Never consume fungi based on just a photograph).

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Small Stagshorn Calocera cornea

Unlike C.viscosa, which is confined to conifers, this species is found only on broad-leafed trees. This was on Oak. The lichens on this length of dead branch on the floor has the typical coarse bark and cover of lichens ("lichenised fungi").

The fungus darkens from yellowish to orange in dry conditions. It was somewhat irksome that these were not yellow after several days of rain, rain the night before and rain during our search.

The term "stagshorn" is used in several fungus names. No stag ever had horns (permanent, unbranched): they have antlers which are seasonal and branched.

This species is mms tall, compared with C viscosa, which is cms tall.

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11, trwin flash hand-held.

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These images have come up very well Harold, I wonder how many hands you have...very informative too..
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These images have come up very well Harold, I wonder how many hands you have...very informative too..
Thanks. these daylight shots require only two hands. I am about to fit a very bright Cree torch with a tripod thread so that I can see what I am focusing on.

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Dead Moll's Finger with Fungus Parasite

It is a common experience, in woodland, to see old mushrooms with (usually white) mould on them. In the case of Xylaria longipes the reproductive tips of the fruiting bodies turn white anyway, to produce spores. This makes spotting of white parasitic fungus difficult..

The thick, white covering here is believed to be Calcarisporium arbuscula. This has been recorded on young growths of Stagshorn or Candle-stuff Fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon. This is abundant in our front garden, including on the rotting Sycamore logs where the Dead Moll's Fingers grows. However, searching it that locality, I found none of the parasite. It was only by also looking some 100 yards away, in our back garden that I found a small sample of what looked like the mould. Both samples are now drying for future examination.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Myrtle Bush with Berries

Anyone who likes Blueberries will recognise the kinship of the plant whose flowers I have featured previously:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/top...4231/#13670592

These berries are on the very same plant. (They are culinary but as an ingredient rather than in their own right).

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Early signs of spring in the garden, the cycle begins again.

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Young Silver Leaf Fungus Colonies

This (Chondrostereum purpureum) is a fatal disease of various trees, especially plum trees and other stone fruit. It later becomes undulating and produces spores. This happens in the colder months, which is why susceptible trees are not pruned until the spring. The spores would land on and penetrate cuts ends of twigs and branches. I photographed these less than an hour ago.

These cuts ends, of Weeping Willow (felled 14 months ago) are about 10cm diameter.

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Echinopsis callichroma

This cactus was flowering in mid August, later than most species. The flower is about 10cm across.

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A real Beauty Harold. Perfect point to take the shot and very well composed and taken.
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Wow what a complex flower... it's determined to get insects right inside to ensure pollination!
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A real Beauty Harold. Perfect point to take the shot and very well composed and taken.
Thanks, peter.

A reliable bloomer which I have had for many years.

I invested in some spectacular Echinopsis hybrids last year, some of which should flower in the warmer months.

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Cobalt Crust Fungus (I am told)...
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