Lost and Found Project – Kew Visit

In November 2016, we had a visit from three experts (Paul Cannon, Martyn Ainsworth and Brian Douglas) from Kew Gardens to look for Lost and Found Fungi.

Highlights of the visit included finds, at Stackpole, of Entoloma bloxamii (Big blue pinkgill), Geoglossum atropurpureum (Dark purple earthtongue) and Hypocreopisis rhododendri (Hazel gloves) all of which are species of conservation concern in the UK.

Hypocreopisis rhododendri (Hazel gloves)

Hypocreopisis rhododendri (Hazel gloves)

Dave Levell completed the collection by bringing along one of the Lost and Found target species, the smut Entyloma eryngii-maritimi, on a specimen of Sea Holly from Freshwater West – an excellent find.

Another find which was of particular interest to the group was a collection of blackening waxcaps consistent with the description for Hygrocybe olivaceonigra. The specimens were found on the dunes at Broadhaven (South) and retained by Kew for DNA testing. More info on the Lost & Found Project

Gyalolechia fulgens

Gyalolechia fulgens

Lichenochora epifulgens parasitising Gyalolechia fulgens

Lichenochora epifulgens parasitising Gyalolechia fulgens

 

Looking at Lichens

Looking at Lichens

Looking at Hazel gloves

Looking at Hazel gloves

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