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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Help with fungus id

I came across these beauties while walking through Lumbutts Clough this morning but I have no idea what they are. Any help appreciated - thanks.


Philip said...

Hi Jeff, lovely picture. We have some every year in our wood in Todmorden and it is the Scarlet Elf Cup fungi, Sarcoscypha austriaca. It seems to like growing on rotting Sycamore but I have also seen it on Ash. Link to a website here for more details http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/sarcoscypha-austriaca.php

Steve Blacksmith said...

Hi Jeff,

Yes, our senior fungus recorder, Michael Sykes remembers them re-appearing around Calderdale. There were no records of them through much of the 20thC.
There is a dedicated Fungus Blog reached by a panel to the left on this site, but it's ok to put them on this main one.

Jeff Cox said...

Thanks Philip, I dislike not being able to put a name to things! I couldn't say what wood it was growing on as it was covered in moss as you can see from the photos, but I'd be struggling to say what the branch was from even if it wasn't :)

Steve Blacksmith said...

Michael also says he's read that they've been gathered and dried for Xmas decorations in the past.

It's the favourite of our youngest member, Oliver (4) of Mytholmroyd, who tells us the names of most fungi he finds before we've caught up with him!

DJSutcliffe said...

Great shots there Jeff but I couldn't have told you what they were!