Fungal Finds at Cefn Ila

Owing to the dry weather that we have had the number of fungus species that was present was rather lower than we would have liked, but one or two interesting species were found all the same. The green wood cup fungus was much prized by the Victorians because the fungus stains the wood that it grows on a wonderfull deep blue-green. Such wood was used extensively in marquetry, and was used in making chessboards.

Trooping Crumble Cap, also known as Fairies' Bonnets

Trooping Crumble Cap, also known as Fairies’ Bonnets

Trooping Crumble Cap, also known as Fairies' Bonnets

Trooping Crumble Cap, also known as Fairies’ Bonnets

Green Wood Cup

Green Wood Cup

Findings at Cefn Ila

Findings at Cefn Ila

Everyone who attended seems to have had a good time, and it was nice to see some youngsters in the group as well. My thanks to the Gwent Fungus Group for choosing to visit Cefn Ila as part of their Autumn events programme.

Mike Kilner

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