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Ramaria abietina

Observed: 25th August 2012 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and LichensFenwickfield’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Ramaria ochraceovirens
Ramaria ochraceovirens (2)
Ramaria ochraceovirens (3)
Ramaria ochraceovirens (4)

Was growing in pine needles in coniferous wood,it is pale brown repeatedly branched or tufted and there was a slight greenish ting which occurs with age.The stem is firm whitish and the flesh was whitish too,size was 1-4cm


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Species interactions

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miked's picture

I was always told that

I was always told that Ramarias were quite tricky there being over 200 species looking somewhat similar and not being covered well in most books. However not sure how many of these occur in UK, probably considerably less than the full 200 list.

There is some info here on Scandanavian ones which may cover many of the UK list.

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Distinctive field characteristics

Although there are many Ramaria where microscopic examination is needed as I understand it there are some, like this, that have distinctive features. Yellow-olive with a white base and discolouring green when handled or with age, short squat stipe out of which many branches come each with thorn-like tips and found in needle litter, often commercial plantations. And these do look like the illustration in the mycokey.

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What I thought

Thanks for your thought's Miked I had considered this but as Janet has said I thought there were enough distinctive features showing to be able to identify this one it was growing under Sitka Spruce which is what it favours I also put the id down as likely but not certain which I thought allows someone to agree as I am not saying sure as can be as there could be an element of doubt.I have put it on the ABFG forum this morning to see what they think but I do think it's right sorry to be controversial.



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I was not saying its wrong.

I was not saying its wrong. I was just saying that I am always a bit worried when giving species names for Ramarias after it was pointed out how many species there are and how similar a lot of them are. Actually this goes for quite a number of groups of fungi but this is one of the ones that stuck for me.
It might have been helpful if that new collins guides had given all the Ramarias likely to be found in uk or at least an approximate number of species in each of the groups of fungi so there is some idea of how many types are not shown in the book and perhaps even if the ones not shown are all very rare as some books seem to randomly miss out even some of the commoner species.