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Members’ Finds, July to December 2022

Following the success and popularity of our experimental Members' Finds project which has now been running for almost two years, here is our new page for July to December 2022 to which members are again invited to contribute. Please email Penny photos of anything you find - even of species already on previous lists. Try to illustrate all aspects of the fruit body, also remember not to reduce the photo size and to include the date, site, substrate, habitat plus any other useful features such as size, smell, etc. All extra clues are vital when identifying solely from photos. Ideally, try to collect at least one specimen and retain in a pot until you've heard back from Penny in case it might be needed for further investigation - records of rarities are of no use without voucher material as we have discovered to our cost previously.


Please bear in mind that only collections having the scope symbol microscope have been fully examined in order to make a determination. No guarantee can therefore be given on any identifications which don't show this symbol though all photos are checked and selected by Penny to the best of her ability. Basic accompanying notes are also Penny's. When a species has already been covered on a previous Members' Finds page a reference to that entry will be given rather than duplicating the identification tips.

A regularly updated list of entries is provided in a choice of Latin binomial or English common names to facilitate the location of a particular species. There is also now a Masterlist available to facilitate previous locations of a particular species within the Finds pages.

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For the complete and regularly updated list of entries click Latin or English
For the LATIN MASTERLIST of Members' Finds since its inception click Masterlist

Contributors / Photographers: Catterson, John; Dodsworth, Joanna; Ewan, Jackie; Ferguson, Gill; Knight, Tony; Read, Helen; Schafer, Derek; Simpson, Bob.

Entries with a green background indicate rare sightings 0

Entries with a yellow background indicate species new to Buckinghamshire 1

Entries with a blue background indicate species new to UK 0

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Image Details

July 31st 2022

Psathyrella candolleana  by John Catterson July 31st Psathyrella candolleana (Pale Brittlestem) microscope

In Tinkers Wood in woody litter John Catterson found this pair - quite a common species but it's nice to see anything fruiting at the moment! The gills are fully mature here, so suitably dark, but when younger they can be almost white. There are four previous entries in Finds for comparison: see the Masterlist for details.

July 21st 2022

Hygrocybe coccineocrenata  by Helen Read Hygrocybe coccineocrenata  by Helen Read Hygrocybe coccineocrenata  by Derek Schafer Hygrocybe coccineocrenata  by Derek Schafer July 21st Hygrocybe coccineocrenata (A rare Waxcap with no common name)

In the Mire at Burnham Beeches amongst thick Sphagnum Andy McVeigh noticed this singleton, the photos of which were taken by Helen Read and sent to Penny asking if it might be anything interesting. On Penny's reply to the affirmative they returned and found a second fruitbody, and the collection was then conveyed by Barry and Gill Webb to Penny and Derek at the BFG microscope workshop the next day. The specimens were dead ringers for the image in Boertman's Hygrocybe book, the habitat being spot on too, the species having been seen over 20 years ago by Penny and Derek in Scotland. This is a nice find, new to the county and with extremely few records south of Scotland. Photos 3 and 4 are Derek's, taken once we'd realised its identity and showing the characteristic decurrent gills and scurfy cap surface.
Laetiporus sulphureus   by Gill Ferguson July 21st Laetiporus sulphureus (Chicken of the Woods)

In Burnham Beeches Gill Ferguson noticed this pristine immature cluster on a fallen deciduous log. This bracket often fruits in early summer so it's no surprise to be finding it now, in fact of our four previous entries in Finds we have one for May in 2021, also one for June in 2020. (See our new Masterlist for details.)

July 16th 2022

Stemonitis flavogenita  by Jackie Ewan Stemonitis flavogenita  by Jackie Ewan July 16th Stemonitis flavogenita ( a slime mould with no common name) microscope

On an old Oak fence post in a veg patch at Stampwell Farm Jackie Ewan's daughter noticed this tiny tuft of brown clustered stems. She took the photo to show to Jackie who, two days later found the tuft still there, noted the very short stalks in relation to their total height (10mm) and checked the spore size which were suitably small, thus confirming the species. This is not as common as S. fusca which is darker brown, has a stalk about half the total height (up to 20mm) and larger spores. See also in Finds 2021 June 6th.

July 15th 2022

Cerioporus squamosus  by Bob Simpson Cerioporus squamosus  by Joanna Dodsworth July 15th Cerioporus squamosus (Dryad's Saddle)

Adjacent to an old Ash stump in Salden Wood, Bob Simpson found this enormous Polypore which, from the ruler in his photo, looks to be about 25 cms across, so big enough to sit on! Previously known and familiar to many as Polyporus squamosus, here is another new name we need to get used to but at least the common name stays unchanged. Photo 2 was found a week later by Joanna Dodsworth at Wotton Park Estate. We have 4 other photos of this eye-catching but common bracket in Finds, easily found by checking our new Latin Masterlist (under Cerioporus, of course!)

July 11th 2022

Gymnopus fusipes  by John Catterson July 11th Gymnopus fusipes (Spindle Toughshank)

At the base of a large Oak in Tinkers Wood John and Lesley Catterson noticed this typically tightly clustered clump. The species is not uncommon growing like this near to the base of mature Oak or Beech and often quite early in the season, and John has shown nicely here the white widely spaced gills and tapered rooting stem which fuses with its neighbours. Not so typical is the crazed cap surface caused no doubt by the recent warm dry conditions. See also Finds 2020 Sept 18th and 2021 July 9th.

July 7th 2022

Tuber aestivum  by Tony Knight July 7th Tuber aestivum (Summer Truffle) microscope

Following a report of this species from Jordans on June 24th (see Finds for that date), Sally Knight found two specimens in her garden in Long Crendon under shrubs and a nearby Birch. She and Tony were unsure which Truffle it was so checked the microscopy, finding the strange ovoid asci of the species having just a few spiny spores within. A nice find. (See also Finds 2021 Aug 17th.)

July 1st 2022

Laccaria laccata  by Jackie Ewan Laccaria laccata  by Jackie Ewan July 1st Laccaria laccata (Deceiver)

Jackie Ewan found this common species at Stampwell Farm fruiting early after recent rain, in grassy soil under Oak. Typically for this species the slightly strangely formed cap is already well on the way to fading. Amongst our approx. 750 records we have 4 for May, 1 for June, then today's find. So bearing in mind we've already found Boletes and an Amanita during May and June maybe with sufficient rain we're now about to see an early start to the autumn season. See also Finds 2020 Oct 1st and 2021 Sept 3rd.
Gymnopus dryophilus  by Jackie Ewan Gymnopus dryophilus  by Jackie Ewan July 1st Gymnopus dryophilus (Russet Toughshank)

This was one of two common species Jackie Ewan found at Stampwell Farm fruiting early after recent rain, in grassy soil under Oak. It is often one of the first mushrooms to appear in early autumn and a sign that things are moving. Looking through our 550 odd records we have one for May, one for June, then today's find. See also Finds 2020 Sept 24th, and 2021 Aug 13th & Oct 5th.