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Could this be Deer Shield?

Observed: 9th December 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Growing on a tree that fell last February I thought at first these were Cramp Balls. They are not like Deer Shield I've seen before but I can't think what else they might be.
I've added three photos to show the development of the one I left growing.

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

examples

Have a look at the examples there is one by nature girl which is dark and was identified and agreed on also other dark examples.

Fenwickfield

jhn7's picture

Found it, thanks!

I did a search but that one didn't come up (I often find searches on iSpot throw up observations almost at random - ie not in date order etc). That example is very like this one - thank you.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Martincito's picture

They look quite a lot to the

They look quite a lot to the photo in the Collins guide, too.

jhn7's picture

True!

But it seems to be growing in a different habitat. Jordan's photo looks quite different and Phillips' not much like either. Oh dear the similarity of certain species is difficult enough to deal with without such variability within a species! I'm getting better with Wood Blewits of which I've seen an enormous range this year.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Martincito's picture

I agree about the variability

I agree about the variability of Wood Blewits, last one I saw I put down as an Amethyst Deceiver!

How about this observation? Deer Shield or not Deer Shield (that is the question) :-)
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/237863

jhn7's picture

You could be right!

http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/pluteus-cervinus.php
This specimen appears to be growing from the debris in a stone wall.

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)