New Year Plant Hunt; Sunday 2nd January 2022

This annual event, organised by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, attracts entrants from all over the country. We are planning to have a public ‘plant hunt’ again this winter, on 2nd January 2022. Meet at the café at 10.30am for a prompt start. We will be walking around Natural Surroundings and nearby woods and fields, so wrap up warm and please wear appropriate footwear – it may be muddy! The New Year Plant Hunt rules restrict us to a maximum of three hours hunting, and how long we are out will depend on the weather.  Anyone can take part – you do not need to be an expert, and any and all results are valuable. Full details can be found on the BSBI webpage.

2021 Fungus Foray: The Results

Fungus Foray 27 October 2021 with Dr Tony Leech

Species recorded:

– Stinkhorn ‘egg’
– Sulphur Tuft
– Common Bonnet
– Southern Bracket
– Beech Woodwart
– Brown Stump Brittlestem
– Candle-snuff
– Glistening Inkcap
– Lilac Bonnet
– Dead Man’s Fingers
– Deer Shield
– Silver Leaf Fungus
– Coral Spot
– Redlead Roundhead
– Red-edge Brittlestem
– Conical Brittlestem
– King Alfred’s Cakes/Cramp Balls
– Turkeytail
– Smoky Bracket?
– Common Stump Brittlestem
– Earthstar
– Jelly Ear
– Dryad’s Saddle
– Ivory or Frosty Funnel?
– Common Bird’s Nest
– Cannon Ball Fungus
– Poison Cup Fungus
– Ringed Conecap

Many thanks to Patrician Alexander for compiling the list.

Tony made the following notes:

Peziza brunneoatra In a plant pot. This is the only cup fungus that ‘fits’ microscopically but (as the name suggests) it should be darker. It does appear, however, that young specimens are paler. It has only been recorded in Britain about six times and never from Norfolk.

Entoloma undatum The brittle deformed fungus next to wooden edges of the beds. Not rare but quite uncommon although well-recorded in Norfolk.

Sphaerobolus stellatus In pot. Quite widely recorded (mostly on woodchips) by Reg and Lil Evans but the first time I had seen it in Norfolk.

Pholiotina (Conocybe) filiaris The ringed conecap in a pot. A different species to the one you found in 2011 but very similar – I might have got it wrong then but it is not uncommon to have related species from the same place.

The white ‘mould’ on the Xylaria longipes (and probably also on X. polymorpha Dead Man’s Fingers, was not what I expected; the spores were quite different and distinctive. I can’t pin it down precisely but it seems to be a Monoacrosporium sp. One is recorded as parasitising fungi (but not Xylaria). These fungi are (mostly) asexxual forms (anamorphs) of Orbilia spp, a genus of small cup fungi and most, at least, are nematophagous – they snare, kill and consume nematodes.