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by Simon Horsnall
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Sarcoscypha austriaca
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Sarcoscypha austriaca

Thanks for that. I hadn't realised there was the bit about "strongly sinuous" in the S austriaca description. Still, these weren't particularly strongly sinuate. In the past, I have only come across corkscrew hairs and this looked different.
by Simon Horsnall
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Ascomycetes
Topic: Sarcoscypha austriaca
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Sarcoscypha austriaca

Found my first Sarcoscypha of the year yesterday and thought I would check it although I fall entirely within the range of S austriaca . On putting it under the microscope, the excipular hairs looked wavy. I started to get a little excited and moved towards the apothecial margin where the hairs were...
by Simon Horsnall
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Invertebrates, and Insect Related (non-fungal) Plant Galls, Leaf Mines, etc.
Topic: Books on insects?
Replies: 2
Views: 1286

Re: Books on insects?

This is a bit like the "Can anyone recommend a good fungus guide" that pops up from time to time with many of the same caveats. However, Chinery's illustrated guide finds a place on my bookshelf and I have heard very good reports on Brock's photographic guide although I haven't used it myself. Both ...
by Simon Horsnall
Wed May 02, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Rusts, Smuts, and Mildews
Topic: Arum maculatum: a full set
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Re: Arum maculatum: a full set

Thanks Chris for your opinion. I was lead to believe that the spotting (very common round here too) was different to the sunken depressions as the spotting tends not to be visible as greyish markings on the underside (this is how I initially screened the leaves). When I say gunk, they look reminisce...
by Simon Horsnall
Tue May 01, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Rusts, Smuts, and Mildews
Topic: Arum maculatum: a full set
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Re: Arum maculatum: a full set

I shall try again. Unfortunately, I cannot get images of the smut spores. What looks like a very good spore through the eyepiece looks like a blob of gunk through the camera. I really need to improve my micrograph technique. I collected fresh material today from the same plants so if anybody would c...
by Simon Horsnall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Rusts, Smuts, and Mildews
Topic: Arum maculatum: a full set
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Re: Arum maculatum: a full set

Forgot to add: SK4841, Cossall, VC56, 18/iv/2018
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Melanustilospora ari upperside
by Simon Horsnall
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Rusts, Smuts, and Mildews
Topic: Arum maculatum: a full set
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

Arum maculatum: a full set

So I went out today in the hope of finding several of the microfungi associated with Ficaria verna given the excellent information posted by Chris last year and everybody else's finds. Unfortunately, I managed only Uromyces dactylidis. However, I did manage what I think is a full set for Arum macula...
by Simon Horsnall
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Fungi on miscellaneous substrates (not soil or wood)
Topic: Ingoldian Fungi
Replies: 11
Views: 3652

Re: Ingoldian Fungi

Chris

Could you give a few more details of the collecting method please. Do you just scoop the foam into a container and add some fixative. Then examine straight away under the microscope? How much fixative to sample?
by Simon Horsnall
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Wildflowers
Topic: Water-cress?
Replies: 2
Views: 2756

Re: Water-cress?

My gut reaction is a Cardamine sp. Given the small size, hairs and 4 apparent stamens, have you ruled out C. hirsuta?
by Simon Horsnall
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Invertebrates, and Insect Related (non-fungal) Plant Galls, Leaf Mines, etc.
Topic: Steatoda bipunctata?
Replies: 2
Views: 2538

Steatoda bipunctata?

I'm hoping there may be somebody who knows a bit about those eight-legged things out there. Is this Steatoda bipunctata? Seems to fit on abdominal patterning but I'm not really up on spiders.

Collected 29/I/2018, Ilkeston, VC57

Thanks in advance.
by Simon Horsnall
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Fungi ID requests (post here if you aren't sure what type of fungus you've found)
Topic: Microfungus on Garden Pansy
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

Re: Microfungus on Garden Pansy

Update

After staining in Congo Red, there appears to be 0 - 2 septa (2 being exceptional) in the spores therefore I think we can safely conclude Ramularia agrestis var. agrestis Many thanks once again.