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Confirmed by Leif Goodwin on microscopic details.
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Basidia clavate, with droplets, 4 spored. Spores ellipsoidal, thick walled, hyaline, roughly 10 um long by 7 um wide (estimated at 400x to avoid using the immersion objective). Cap hyphae sparsely encrusted, septate, slightly constricted at septa, of the order of 8um wide, clamp connections not seen.
The absence of clamp connections places it in the Craterellaceae. It is certainly not Craterellus cornucopioides, given the non hollow central stem and general form, thus placing it in Pseudocraterellus. It is not P. cinereus, given the poorly defined vein like hymenial ridges, and the guttate basidia (with drops). That leaves P. sinuosus, which it does look like apart from the very dark colour. The spore size is in the right ball park, the basidia match, and Pegler, Roberts and Spooner mention that the pileipellis hyphae have brown granular encrustations, which I see. So, I am sure this is a dark form of P. sinuosus. It is quite variable colour wise, but not usually this dark! Note that Pegler, Roberts and Spooner describe the spores as thin walled with a large refractive guttule, whereas I record 'thick walled spores. However, their drawing matches the spores I see, so my interpretation of the spore form is at fault (I have no idea how to distinguish thick walled from thin walled with a large drop). MANY THANKS TO LEIF GOODWIN FOR THIS MICROSCOPY WORK.
Lat/Lng: 50.7, -2.4
OS grid ref: SY7889