Mycology Review Spring 2012

As readers will recall the autumn was warm and dry, and whilst most of us will have found this pleasant, it did make for a very poor showing of fungi with some species appearing late and others not at all. The colourful grassland waxcap fungi, (Hygrocybe species), which are normally found in late October and early November were at their best in early December with a few latecomers collected in early January.

Hygrocybe Calyptriformis

Nevertheless the Mycology section did run some forays in November and December which in addition to the more common species did produce a few rarities. An interesting species, which had been noted in previous years at the zoo, but not named, was after considerable work finally identified as Cortinarius balteatocumatilis.

Cortinarius balteatocumatilis

On a more unfortunate note, a specific site on the sand dunes where a small stalked puffball, Tulostoma melanocyclum is found, has been severely damaged by the inappropriate use of bicycles. This species is extremely rare in Britain, being found at only about half a dozen sites in the entire country, and steps are being taken to protect this site.

Tulostoma melanocyclum

The Mycology section will be running forays this autumn to identify and record Jersey fungi, including a wider survey of the dunes in St Ouen’s bay. Communication is now by email and any enthusiastic Société members who are interested and would like to participate in Section activities are invited to email me on:

Suillus Grevellei

Nick Aubin – Chairman

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