Fungi News

Dave Genney has kindly looked microscopically at spores and hairs from the eyelash fungus from the Loch Duagrich area and found it not to be the common eyelash but rather one with no common name currently, Scutellinia trechispora, for which there appears to be very few Scottish records.

Meanwhile, this bracket fungus grew on a tree trunk that had washed up on the shore last Christmas. Liz Holden tells me it is a Ganoderma, probably G. australe (Southern Bracket), but it is too immature to determine with certainty as it had no spores. G. australe is the only Ganoderma recorded on Skye – and there is no record for Raasay.

Bracket above

Ganoderma sp. from above

Geoderma from below

Ganoderma sp. from below

I may try to bring one to maturity, the key thing being not to use the log it is on for firewood.

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