In clusters damp area in beech wood,olive green deeply furrowed head and slightly lighter stalk.
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At highest magnification we can see that the stems are minutely squamulose towards the base, as compared with the smooth, 'polished' stem of M. olivaceum.
This is the best macroscopic identification feature, as M. olivaceum can be identical in colour. I have found numerous herbarium specimens labelled "M. viride" that are actually the green form of M. olivaceum. [Note that M. viride can be more coarsely squamulose than this.]
We have a need for recently collected Microglossum material at the moment, especially any colour variants of M. olivaceum and also M. atropurpureum (= Thuemenidium atropurpureum). Any collections (left to dry for 3-4 days before posting), with usual data - collector, locality, precise habitat, date, grid ref., etc. would be gratefully received. (Dr. Alan Silverside, School of Science, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE).
It is next to my house on my way out, so I can have a look again and will dry it before posting.I took about 15 pictures which your welcome to have as I can pop them to the address given on a disc.I tend to take a lot of pictures to make sure I have all angles covered.The area is at the bottom of a steep bank next to a stream very damp all Beech tree's rather sheltered also growing next to them were Leotia lubrica.I was quite excited when I found it(must get out more) I have also just noticed that there is a Leotia lubrica growing next to Milked observation too.
Great find and great photos.
I have just been back to the spot this morning and there are five clusters starting to come up so can send samples to Alan S but how do you dry them Mal as I have never done this before.I sent fresh ones to you but not dried.
If the central heating isn't on yet put them in any warm area on tissue or on a "cake tray" type mesh. Over the hot water tank is usually a good place.
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