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  • Peziza spp.

    12 Jul 2018-37.6,144.9Jeff Triplett

    Fungus growing on small pieces of charcoal. Largest cups about 20mm across. Possibly Peziza species?


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    1. John Walter  Certainly a Peziza species but determining which one is more difficult. P. tenacella appears on burnt ground and charcoal and is the right size, however it is violet coloured when young and ages to brown. These specimens should still be in the violet stage if they were that species. There are other species listed for burnt ground but they all retain a violet colouration. Another option is P. echinospora which is also found on burnt ground. This species appears in Fuhrer but is not listed on ALA. A check on the Australasian Virtual Herbarium shows that several collections have been made by reliable sources that list this name, (Genevieve Gates and Pam Catcheside). Dennis's British Cup Fungi describes many Peziza species including P. echinospora under a different name and advises it reaches 80mm diam but is "usually much smaller". Your image certainly has many similarities to this species but I think the safest name for now is Peziza spp.

      Reply • 23 Jul 2018

  • Parasola plicatilis Pleated Inkcap

    12 Jul 2018-38.3,144.7Bernie Lingham

    Single specimen <5cm, growing in sandy soil and damp moss. Area was quite moist after a couple of days of consistent rain. Caladenia sp. leaf (possibly C. parva) on the left in the image.


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    1. Lorraine Phelan  Lovely. I've just edited mine as Parasola plicatilis which I think is a synonym of Coprinus plicatilis.

      Reply • 20 Aug 2018

    2. Bernie Lingham  Noted thanks Lorraine. You'll see I've edited this observation to the same species.

      Reply • 20 Aug 2018

    3. zeke1944  Careful this image could be Parasola virgulicolens a species which is often found as a single specimen in dryer areas and has a grainy cap. P plicatilis tend to be whitish and a bit shiny.

      Reply • 20 Aug 2018

    4. John Walter  Great image. Sorry, I am caught up with other work for a few days but I suggest you download the Perth Field Book - www.wanaturalists.org.au/files/2011/11/FieldBook_2017-Edn-final.pdf - This has a number of Coprinus species not covered in the average guide book and will provide some insight. I do not think this is Parasola, but the slightly hairy stipe and veil remains on the cap should help with ID. The UK has around 65 species of Inkcap whereas our guidebooks have listed only half a dozen or so. I will look at these posts properly when I get time later in the week.

      Reply • 20 Aug 2018

    5. Bernie Lingham  Thank you John and Zeke. Much appreciated. I've downloaded the ebook and will investigate further.

      Reply • 21 Aug 2018