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Lycogala terrestre, Buff Wood

Observed: 17th November 2009 By: martinjohnbishopmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Lycogala terrestre, Buff Wood

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leenestofvipers's picture

How big

How big were the blobs? It is more likely to be L. terrestre if the blobs are bigger than 7 mm in diameter. The colour would make me lean towards terrestre at this stage but you really need to check spores when they are mature.

martinjohnbishop's picture

Blob size

Bigger than 10mm but as it was seen in 2009 I can't go back and get a sample. I have not seen it this year at Buff Wood or Hayley Wood, although I have visited several times. There is a list in Ing, B. (1964) Cambridge myxomyctes.
Nature in Cambridgeshire 5, 41-48 which I should consult (but means a trip to the University Library). Rackham, O. (1975) Hayley Wood. CAMBIENT lists only L. epidendrum among 23 species from Hayley Wood recorded by Ing. I can upload my Hayley Wood sighting of May 2007.

How should I sample and preserve the spores for examination if I see it in the future? Thanks.

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I think you would need a mature one,I have put a mesh cake rack next to a radiator and they dry out after about 4 days.I joined the association of British fungus groups and you can send them samples for identification,hope this help's


leenestofvipers's picture


I collect them when they are mature and let them dry at room temperature on a piece of kitchen roll. Then I put them in labelled petrie dishes. They will keep for a long time if you keep them dry.
If they were bigger than 10mm I would go for terrestre.