spacemouses's picture

Small fungi

Observed: 2nd May 2012 By: spacemouses

Spotted on peat moor. About 40mm high.


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Species interactions

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Strobilomyces's picture

Aargh, it's a parasite!

This is Cordyceps canadensis and is growing parasitically on a false truffle (buried in the ground).

Was this photo taken recently? I've only ever seen it in the autumn, but it did discover some false truffles in my veg patch a few weeks ago (next to a beech tree that they associate with).

It's a nice find as they are often over looked. The truffle will be an inch or two underground.

Look out for other Cordyceps that are parasitic on soil-living insects!

spacemouses's picture

Pic taken this morning on a

Pic taken this morning on a peat moor on Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. I have no idea what it is, but the idea of 'false' truffle etc up here would surprise me.

flaxton's picture

It could also be Cordyceps

It could also be Cordyceps gracilis

fungi's picture

Cordyceps gracilis now also Ophiocordyceps gracilis

I added an identification above for better agreement/disagreement.
How it looks and the time of the year fit with C. gracilis which is parasitic on insect larvae (butterflies).
This fungus is today also known under the scientific name Ophiocordyceps gracilis.