Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Leucobryum juniperoideum in conifer forests - again

Scots Pine plantation, Ton Mawr

This is the 3rd record for L. juniperoideum in a conifer forest in almost as many weeks, this time in a Scots Pine plantation in Ton Mawr, and I'm getting the impression that it may be widely distributed in our plantations. It never seems to be plentiful and it is easy to miss among the huge amounts of Pseudotaxiphyllum elegans that it often grows with. Goodness knows how much of it we miss, but as is often the case, once you know something is possible it sharpens your eyes.

Leucobryum juniperoideum, Scots Pine plantation, Ton Mawr

Also of interest was a small amount of Crepidotus epibryus, which you might expect to be associated with bryophytes, but rarely is. It's fairly small (<1cm), white and very furry - virtually unmistakable.

Crepidotus epibryus (upside down) on Bramble, Ton Mawr

And a nice group of Inocybe fuscidula var. fuscidula, a very common Fibre Cap which is rarely recorded - the cafe-au-lait coloured cap is a good clue.

Inocybe fuscidula var. fuscidula, Ton Mawr

1 comment:

  1. Looks like that's now the 7th Glamorgan hectad for the species. Great finds in what looks like a fairly uninspiring plantation.
    I do also like the Crepidotus epibryus, not just because of the name, but because it's unmistakable (almost!).