Dune mushroom ID

Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Dune mushroom ID

Post by Techoten » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:10 pm

I would appreciate any help with this dune mushroom. Cap measured about 40 mm and the stipe about 100mm with most of it buried in the sand. The spore print was black and the spores were quite large at ~ 12 x 7.5 um. It has a definite ring as seen from the photos.
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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by Lancashire Lad » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:49 pm

Hi,

I'd be looking at Psathyrella ammophila - Dune Brittlestem.

Your spore photo has the shape, colour, and size of spores for P.ammophila spot on.

The only slight oddity I can see is the "peeling" of the stem, giving the impression, at first glance, of a ring, - but Psathyrella's don't have rings.

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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by gary » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:39 pm

The first picture is a good candidate for fungi in the landscape.
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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by adampembs » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 pm

Looks a good match for P.ammophila

The extreme environment produces quite a variation in appearance. It doesn't look like a ring to me, but damage from wind/salt/sand etc.
Seeing some other examples would sort this out. "One fruit-body is not a fungus", as Chris would say.

Where was this taken? We have this local booklet which might interest you.
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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by Chris Yeates » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:21 pm

adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 pm
. . . "One fruit-body is not a fungus", as Chris would say . . . .
He would indeed, but as Gary has pointed out that is a splendidly atmospheric photograph.
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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by adampembs » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:25 pm

Chris Yeates wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:21 pm
adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 pm
. . . "One fruit-body is not a fungus", as Chris would say . . . .
He would indeed, but as Gary has pointed out that is a splendidly atmospheric photograph.
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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by Chris Johnson » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:43 am

adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 pm
We have this local booklet which might interest you.
Hi Adam

Where can I get a copy of this booklet?

Thanks, Chris

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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by Techoten » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:53 am

Thanks again for all the comments. The photo was taken on Pembrey beach looking across to the Gower.
It would seem that it's the storm damage masquerading as a ring that makes it confusing.

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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by Techoten » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:55 am

P.S. I've got a copy of the Booklet - found it really good.

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Re: Dune mushroom ID

Post by adampembs » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:33 am

Chris Johnson wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:43 am
adampembs wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:52 pm
We have this local booklet which might interest you.
Hi Adam

Where can I get a copy of this booklet?

Thanks, Chris
Hi Chris, will send you a pm
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