Freshfield Fungal Foray 15th Oct 2011

Joined the Liverpool Botanical Society Fungal Foray around Freshfield Dune Heath and along the Old Fisherman’s Path.

Notables during the walk included:-

Jelly Rot Phlebia tremellosa – a pale rubbery bracket on tree stumps. On close examination the upper side of the tiers are covered in hairs and the lower side appeared buff apricot almost porous in appearance.


Jellyrot Fungi showing underside below


Earth Fan Thelophora terrestris – this brown fungi with fan-shaped lobes frequents heathland adjacent to conifers, favouring sandy soils.

Clouded Funnel Clitocybe nebularis – this quite large agaric with funnel shaped cap and white decurrent gills was present in troops.


Clouded Agaric

Egghead Mottlegill Panaeolus semiovatus – a new one for me this fungus lived up to its name with the appearance of an egg on top of a tall stem with ring or veil present. A small troop of these were distinctively growing from piles of dung!


Egghead Mottlegill


Another species of dung Fungi

Green Elfcup Chlorociboria aeruginascens – although none of the tiny saucer-shaped cups were present a piece of bright turquoise green dyed piece of rotten wood was found.


Plums & Custard Tricholomopsis rutilans – this favourite of mine found on rotting conifer stumps has plum coloured fibrils on a custard yellow cap. Its gills are the brightest coloured egg-yellow.

Birch Brown Boletes Leccinum scabrum – a lone specimen with brown cap and dark scaly stem.

Orange Birch Bolete Leccinum versipelle – a young specimen with distinctive orange cap and dark scaly stem.

The Deceiver Laccaria laccata – living up to its name we were initially deceived by quite different looking specimens, reddish-brown in colour the younger specimens were quite small with convex caps that became flattened then depressed with a wavy margin in older specimens.

Russula sp. – not present in the usual numbers only the odd specimen was found including a fresh specimen growing on a bed of moss.

mna-freshfield-russula1.jpg Russula sp.

Common (Collared) Earth Star Geastrum triplex – only two specimens found, missing from their usual area underneath the pines at the bottom of Fisherman’s Path.   



Reindeer Lichen Cladonia portentosa growing on the sandy banks below the pines on the old Fisherman’s Path    


Cladonia portentosa

A Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum joined us for lunch and few plant species were still in flower to keep the botanists engrossed. I was impressed with the spores on the Common Polypody Fern Polypodium vulgare


Polypody spores

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