Fungi of the Welsh Harp

In the autumn of 2012, members of the Welsh Harp Conservation Group led by Andrew Self began conducting fungus forays to compile a list of the fungi of the Welsh Harp. This work is still in it early stages, but the following are among the more interesting species so far identified.

  1. Yellow Brain (Witches’ Butter) Tremella mesenterica (Tremellaceae)
    Found on tree trunks in East Marsh
  2. Jelly Ear Auricularia auricula-judae ( Auriculariaceae)
    A widespread species, found on a tree trunk in East Marsh
  3. Sulphur Shelf (Chicken-of-the-Woods) Laetiporus sulphureus (Polyporaceae)
    The only yellow bracket fungus, found in East Marsh in 2005
  4. Fleecy Milkcap Lactarius vellereus (Russulaceae)
    A large flattish fungi common under Oak trees
  5. Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum (Agaricaceae)
    One of two puffball species found in the Oakwood
  6. Shaggy Parasol Chlorophyllum rhacodes (Agaricaceae)
    Found in the Field Centre woods
  7. Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria (Amanitaceae)
    Only known from two areas: at the Bowling Green and by the Gorse
  8. Clustered Tufted-shank Gymnopus confluens (Marasmiaceae)
    A pinkish mushroom found under Oak trees
  9. Velvet Shank Flammulina velutipes (Physalacriaceae)
    A dark-stemmed fungus that grows in clusters on the North Bank
  10. Sheathed Woodtuft Kuehneromyces mutabilis (Strophariaceae)
    One of several fungi found in clumps
  11. Dryad’s Saddle Polyporus squamosus (Polyporacaea)
    A large specimen was found on an Elm tree in the Oakwood in 2012
  12. Scrambled Egg Fulgensia fulgens (Teloschistaceae)
    A slime mould, found on dead wood outside Heron Hide

References
British Mycological Society (undated) The checklist of fungi of the British Isles. Online publication. Available here (accessed 2 December 2016)
Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (united) Species Fungorum. Online publication. Available here (accessed 2 December 2016)
First Nature (undated) Fungi. Online publication. Available here (accessed 2 December 2016)
Wikipedia contributors (undated) List of fungal orders. Online publication. Available here (accessed 2 December 2016)

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