Saturday 28th July, Rowallane, Co.Down

On a beautifully warm and sunny afternoon, the season began. It was quickly obvious that we were actually at the tale end of the first flush of the season with many Russulas and Boletes a little past their best. The estate was looking good however and a dramatic swarm of bees in a Beech tree was a spectacular sight. In terms of fungi, there were some good finds but no spectacular ones with no early oddities. Russula subfoetans and pectinatoides were there, but my favourite find was that of the eyelash fungus, Scutellinia trechispora with its globose spiny spores. 

Ascomycetes

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Peziza arvernensis

Scutellinia trechispora

Aphyllophoroid Fungi

Phaeolus schweinitzii

Ganoderma australe

Stereum hirsutum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus erythropus

Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim

Bolbitius vitellinus

Conocybe tenera

Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina

Inocybe napipes

Inocybe rimosa var rimosa

Stropharia semiglobata Dung Roundhead

Panaeolus rickenii

Amanita excelsa

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Collybia peronata Wood Woolly-foot

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Lyophyllum decastes

Marasmius oreades Fairy Ring Champignon

Marasmius rotula

Oudemansiella radicata

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Lactarius fluens

Lactarius subdulcis

Russula caerula

Russula cyanoxantha The Charcoal Burner

Russula cyanoxantha var. peltereaui

Russula delica Milk-white Russula

Russula fellea Geranium-scented Russula

Russula fragilis Fragile Russula

Russula laurocerasi

Russula mairei Beechwood Sickener

Russula ochroleuca

Russula parazurea

Russula pectinatoides

Russula subfoetans

Russula vesca Bare-toothed Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma bovista Potato Earthball

Bovista nigrescens Brown Bovist

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 11th August, Learmount, Co.Londonderry

This was a good test for the faithfull. Consistent rain for most of the foray. This site on the northern side of the Sperrins was mainly a coniferous plantation, but there were some old broadleaf trees as well. It wasn't parkland so Russulas were restricted but the seemingly rare R.queletii was a good find under the Sitka Spruce (see Field Mycology July 2001 issue). A young non-cracked Boletus porosporus kept us guessing until the truncate spores were seen under the microscope, but my favourite find was that of Pholiota flammans on a conifer stump. This beautiful yellow-orange fungus has a very scaly stipe. 

The list so far.....

Ascomycetes

Diatrype disciformis

Diatrype stigma

Trochila ilicina

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Ustulina deusta

Nemania serpens 

Neobulgaria pura 

Ascocoryne sarcoides 

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers

Aphyllophoroid Fungi (Brackets etc)

Heterobasidion annosum Root Fomes

Ganoderma adspersum 

Trichaptum abietinum

Stereum hirsutum

Skeletocutis nivea

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus porosporus

Chroogomphius rutilus

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe fuscidula

Galerina mutabilis

Crepidotus mollis

Pholiota flammans

Pleurotus ostreatus

Clitocybe fragrans

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Marasmius rotula

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Mycena pura

Mycena fibula

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Lactarius deterrimus

Lactarius fulvissimus

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius subdulcis

Lactarius subumbonatus Watery Milk-cap

Russula grisea

Russula mairei

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Russula queletii

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma areolatum Leopard-spotted Earthball

Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball

Langermannia gigantea Giant Puffball

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 8th September, Ervey Wood, Co.Londonderry

This was a good haul marked by the quantities of Cortinarius bolaris and Lactarius piperatus, both of which we don't see that often. Tylopilus felleus, the Bitter Bolete was also recorded at its third NI site and Inocybe leptophylla was recorded for the first time, but then this is maybe due to a taxonomic revision!

Ascomycetes

Bisporella citrina

Leotia lubrica

Trochila ilicina

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Helvella crispa

Helvella lacunosa

Peziza badia

Peziza succosa

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Hypoxylon fragiforme

Hypoxylon fuscum

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Jellies

Exidia thuretiana

Tremella mesenterica Golden Jelly Fungus

Aphyllophoroid Fungi

Cantharellus cibarius Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubiformis

Clavulina cristata

Hydnum repandum Hedgehog Fungus

Lentinellus cochleatus

Datronia mollis

Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore

Postia subcaesia

Ganoderma australe

Hymenochaete corrugata

Phellinus ferreus

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Calocera cornea

Boletes and Agarics

Leccinum brunneogriseolum

Leccinum pulchrum

Leccinum rigidipes

Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim

Tylopilus felleus Bitter Bolete

Entoloma sericellum

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Cortinarius bolaris

Crepidotus mollis Soft Slipper Toadstool

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe leptophylla

Inocybe napipes

Psilocybe semilanceata Liberty Cap

Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Clitocybe odora Aniseed Toadstool

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia peronata Wood Woolly-foot

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Marasmius epiphyllus

Marasmius hudsonii

Marasmius rotula

Mycena polygramma

Mycena pura var. pura

Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus

Rickenella fibula

Tricholoma fulvum

Tricholoma sciodes

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius camphoratus Curry-scented Milk-cap

Lactarius glyciosmus Coconut-scented Milk-cap

Lactarius lilacinus

Lactarius mitissimus

Lactarius piperatus Peppery Milk-cap

Lactarius pyrogalus

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius subdulcis

Lactarius torminosus Woolly Milk-cap

Lactarius vietus Grey Milk-cap

Russula betularum

Russula cyanoxantha The Charcoal Burner

Russula cyanoxantha var. peltereaui

Russula fellea Geranium-scented Russula

Russula mairei Beechwood Sickener

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma areolatum Leopard-spotted Earthball

Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball

Calvatia excipuliformis Pestle-Shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 29th September, Drumbanagher Forest, Co.Armagh

This was our 4th joint foray with the Armagh Field Naturalist's Group and was marked by one of our record attendences with 39 people present. Both groups thought that most people weren't part of their groups! It was a pity that the haul and the site weren't better. With the relatively dry conditions, we were in between flushes (the main flush is late this year) but the site was also disappointing being mainly coniferous. The best finds were excellent specimens of the Oak Maze-gill, Daedalea quercina, which although common in GB is not often found here, Grifola frondosa and Russula puellaris a Russula with a markedly yellowing stipe.

Ascomycetes

Diatrype disciformis

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Otidea alutacea

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Scutellinia hirta (cejpii)

Scutellinia crucipila

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha Dead Man's Fingers

Jelly fungi

Auricularia auricula-judae Jew's Ear

Tremella foliacea

Calocera viscosa Jelly Antler Fungus

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Daedalea quercina

Grifola frondosa

Irpex obliquus

Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore

Trametes versicolor Many-zoned Polypore

Heterobasidion annosum Root Fomes

Stereum hirsutum

Agarics

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Volvariella speciosa

Coprinus micaceus Glistening Ink-cap

Gymnopilus penetrans

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Stropharia semiglobata

Cortinarius semisanguineus

Inocybe geophylla

Inocybe sindonia

Agaricus silvicola

Macrolepiota procera Parasol Mushroom

Armillaria gallica Honey Fungus

Clitocybe fragrans

Clitocybe infundibiliformis

Clitocybe odora Aniseed Toadstool

Leucopaxillus giganteus

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia peronata Wood Woolly-foot

Laccaria laccata The Deceiver

Flammulina velutipes Velvet Shank

Lepista inversa Tawny Funnel Cap

Marasmius rotula

Mycena filopes

Mycena metata

Mycena oortiana

Mycena pura var. pura

Mycena vitilis

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Russula parazurea

Russula puellaris

Gasteroid Fungi

Lycoperdon perlatum

Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 6th October 2001 Gortin Glen Forest Park, Co.Tyrone

Five of us stayed at the delightful Clanabogan Country House, itself a useful foray site just outside Omagh, while three more joined us in Gortin Glen on the Saturday and Boorin Wood on the Sunday. The highlight of the weekend was finding the beautiful Amanita crocea on a grassy bank in the car park at Gortin Glen and also at Boorin Wood. Another interesting find was Thelephora penicillata (spiculosa). This was new to us, so we provisionally named it our "Fractal Fungus" on account of its distinctly spiky lobes. On the Saturday afternoon there was an interesting freak thunder-storm which deposited crystal clear hailstones the size of marbles. Two contrasting fairy clubs Macrotyphula fistulosa found at Clanabogan and Clavaridelphus pistilaris (History Park entrance) made an interesting contribution to our Saturday evening display.

Clanabogan, Omagh

Macrotyphula fistulosa

Conocybe tenera Brown Cone-cap

Cortinarius trivialis

Ulster History Park

Helvella lacunosa

Clavariadelphus pistillaris

Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink-cap

Hygrocybe conica Conical Wax-cap

Gortin Glen Forest Park

Ascomycetes

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Jelly fungi etc

Calocera viscosa

Dacrymyces stillatus

Pseudohydnum gelatinosum Jelly Tongue

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Clavulina rugosa

Heterobasidion annosum Root Fomes

Postia caesia

Postia subcaesia

Trametes versicolor

Stereum rugosum

Thelephora penicillata

Boletes and Agarics

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca False Chanterelle

Suillus luteus Slippery Jack

Clitopilus prunulus The Miller

Crepidotus mollis Soft Slipper Toadstool

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Inocybe geophylla

Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina

Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Weeping Widow

Panaeolus rickenii

Amanita crocea

Clitocybe ditopus

Clitocybe fragrans

Clitocybe infundibuliformis Common Funnel Cap

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Hygrocybe virginea

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Lepista inversa Tawny Funnel Cap

Lepista nuda Wood Blewit

Melanoleuca cognata

Mycena capillaris

Mycena epipterygia

Mycena filopes

Mycena oortiana

Mycena polygramma

Mycena pura var. pura

Mycena vitilis

Omphalina ericetorum

Tricholoma sciodes

Tricholomopsis rutilans Plums and Custard

Lactarius subdulcis

Russula emetica The Sickener

Russula mairei Beechwood Sickener

Russula nigricans Blackening Russula

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Sunday 7th October 2001 Boorin Wood, Co.Tyrone

This wood had a lovely ambience, lots of deep mossy glades under big Oak and Beech trees although with the heavy rain of the week, it was a touch muddy! The best find was that of Amanita crocea under the grazed oak at the entrance to the wood. A good specimen of Cortinarius delibutus was found in the deep moss of the wood and even though there was not much Hazel, there was Hymenochaete corrugata capturing and gluing together broken twigs before they fall to the forest floor. The main impression though was that there should have been a lot more species out. The main autumn flush still hasn't happened yet. It has been wet enough...when will it start in earnest?

Ascomycetes

Diatrypella quercina

Bisporella citrina

Aleuria aurantia Orange-peel Fungus

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Aphyllophoroid fungi (brackets etc)

Cantharellus cibarius Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubiformis

Datronia mollis

Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore

Polyporus badius

Polyporus squamosus Dryad's Saddle

Hymenochaete corrugata

Phellinus ferruginosus

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus badius Bay Bolete

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus pruinatus

Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca False Chanterelle

Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim

Cortinarius delibutus

Cystoderma amianthinum

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Amanita citrina False Death Cap

Amanita crocea

Armillaria gallica Honey Fungus

Clitocybe ditopus

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Lepista inversa Tawny Funnel Cap

Lepista nuda Wood Blewit

Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius pubescens

Lactarius quietus Oak Milk-cap

Lactarius subdulcis

Lactarius plumbeus Ugly Milk-cap

Russula atropurpurea Blackish-purple Russula

Russula mairei Beechwood Sickener

Russula nigricans Blackening Russula

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn

 

Saturday 27th October 2001 Ballylagan Organic Farm, Co.Antrim

This foray was led by Matthew, the young son of the farm's owner, who had checked out all the best sites for us. We were wondering if we would discover anything distinctively organic and were not disappointed with Panaeolus ater , on horse dung, and Cordyceps militaris, on a dead insect larva - you can't get more organic than that. Two uncommon Cortinarius species were found C. nemorensis and C. purpurascens . Although Cortinarius is a large and difficult genus, the former keys out easily in B&K owing to its strongly unpleasant smell and Ammonia reaction on its flesh. The latter is much harder but we were in luck as Chris had spent a good deal of time on it a few weeks earlier. Finally we rounded the day off with a shopping spree at the farm shop which offered lots of goodies: real turnips, pumpkins organic salami from Italy and lots more.

Ascomycetes

Cordyceps militaris Scarlet Caterpillar Fungus

Helvella lacunosa

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Jelly fungi etc

Exidia thuretiana

Calocera cornea

Dacrymyces stillatus

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Hydnum repandum

Ganoderma australe

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron

Boletus edulis Cep

Boletus luridiformis

Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim

Clitopilus prunulus The Miller

Agaricus silvaticus

Coprinus micaceus Glistening Ink-cap

Cortinarius nemorensis

Cortinarius purpurascens

Panaeolus ater

Panaeolus campanulatus Bell-shaped Mottle-gill

Panaeolus rickenii

Psathyrella candolleana

Psathyrella gracilis

Amanita fulva Tawny Grisette

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Clitocybe fragrans

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Laccaria laccata Deceiver

Mycena galericulata Bonnet Mycena

Mycena oortiana

Mycena pura var. pura

Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus

Oudemansiella radicata

Tricholoma sciodes

Tricholoma sulphureum

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius mitissimus

Russula nigricans

Russula mairei Beechwood Sickener

Russula parazurea

Gasteroid Fungi

Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball

 

Saturday 10th November 2001 Redburn Country Park, Co.Down

The find of the day here was Russula curtipes under beech at its probable first Irish site. This large wine red Russula is noted by its dark spore print and short stipe. Another good find was Pleurotus dryinus fruiting inside a hollow beech tree. It seemed that we had both Ganoderma applanatum and adspersum from outward appearances with some having very thick flesh and a rounded margin and others having very thin flesh and a sharp apex. However, both had spores too big for applanatum which just goes to show how careful you have to be with these species. Hymenochaete corrugata was also present on hazel gluing the branches in the canopy together, but not in the large quantities that you see in the old hazelwoods of Co.Fermanagh or Antrim. 

Ascomycetes

Hypomyces chrysospermus

Leotia lubrica

Nectria cinnabarina Coral-spot Fungus

Rhytisma acerinum Tar-spot Fungus

Hypoxylon fragiforme

Ustulina deusta

Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus

Taphrina betulina

Jelly fungi etc

Hirneola auricula-judae Jew's Ear

Aphyllophoroid fungi (Brackets etc)

Trametes versicolor

Ganoderma australe

Heterobasidion annosum

Hymenochaete corrugata

Stereum hirsutum

Stereum rugosum

Boletes and Agarics

Boletus chrysenteron Red-cracking Bolete

Boletus luridiformis

Boletus porosporus

Leccinum scabrum var. scabrum

Pluteus cervinus Fawn Pluteus

Coprinus comatus Shaggy Ink-cap

Coprinus micaceus Glistening Ink-cap

Cortinarius umbrinolens

Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft

Bolbitius vitellinus

Inocybe geophylla

Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric

Amanita rubescens The Blusher

Armillaria gallica Honey Fungus

Clitocybe nebularis Clouded Agaric

Collybia butyracea Butter Cap

Collybia butyracea var asema

Collybia confluens Clustered Tough-shank

Collybia dryophila Russet Shank

Hygrocybe insipida

Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver

Lepista nuda Wood Blewit

Marasmius epiphyllus

Marasmius setosus

Mycena pura

Oudemansiella mucida Porcelain Fungus

Pleurotus dryinus

Tricholoma ustale

Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk-cap

Lactarius fulvissimus

Lactarius subdulcis

Russula curtipes

Russula cyanoxantha

Russula fellea

Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula

Gasteroid Fungi

Lycoperdon perlatum Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball

 

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