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Pithya vulgaris

Observed: 23rd January 2013 By: Alison GalbraithAlison Galbraith’s reputation in Fungi and LichensAlison Galbraith’s reputation in Fungi and LichensAlison Galbraith’s reputation in Fungi and LichensAlison Galbraith’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

After mycroscopy, we are awaiting confirmation from Kew, that this fungus is not extinct afterall!

Identifications

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Species interactions

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Comments

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Pithya

This fungi is currently under a microscope, it's definitely not Sarcoscpha austiaca. Please see new photos, probably Pithya.

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I agree the new pictures show

I agree the new pictures show that its not cup shaped, still Sarcoscyphaceae family ;-)

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Any info on what they

Any info on what they discover? Spore size/shape number of asci etc

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Pithya

Probably Pithya, very rare, currently being examined under a microscope

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There's only one species in

There's only one species in the genus P.cypressina

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Pithya

Yes, I believe vulgaris is extinct

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Pithya vulgaris

Certain it's this, awaiting confirmation from Kew Gardens!

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The mycologist will hopefully

The mycologist will hopefully give a positive ID later. He is just ruling anything else out

D.M.H.'s picture

P.vulgaris is certainly not

P.vulgaris is certainly not extinct it is found worldwide but may be extinct in UK. The more I look at photos, what bothers me the most is cushion shape and not a flat disk(stalked).

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Vulgaris

Mycologists have been all over this today and all agree it is vulgaris. A brilliant discovery, extinct in UK since 19th century. Kew are examining it tomorrow, watch this space.... definitely not cupressina!!!

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Pithya vulgaris

Everyone is confident, definitely IS vulgaris, had spores under microscope! Mycologists are certain!

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Will be a very nice find and

Will be a very nice find and no doubt will result in an Ispot news article. My literature states Pithya prefering to grow under leaf litter cover, combined with time of year and preference to spruce/fir/larch no doubt contribute to its apparent absence for over 100years.

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Pithya vulgaris

I can send you a sample if you like for microscopy? I have some sat in a container in my kitchen. Excellent news on this fungus, don't you think!

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thank you for your kind offer

thank you for your kind offer but unfortunatly I don't have easy access to required equipment atm :(

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Vulgaris

Mature specimens are definitely not flat, check photo!!!!

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I'll leave it to

I'll leave it to Kew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch this space

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An excellent find indeed. I

An excellent find indeed. I wonder if these were imported Xmas trees?

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Checking database for Pythia

Checking database for Pythia vulgaris show that Denmark Has an unusually high occurence of this species, combined with the over 1million Norway spruce and Fir trees imported into UK (from Denmark)for xmas period and I think we have a likely source. I very much doubt that you will find an established population if the importation and secondry re-use was halted. Excellent find and looking at the microscopic evidence you posted on other sites most definitivly Pythia vulgaris. Naturally occuring, native and secretly been present since last record or assisted by human intervention? The latter IMHO is most likely.

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