Onygena equina

Onygena equina

Observation - Onygena equina - UK and Ireland. Description: Fruit bodies appear single but are more typically clustered and or sometimes caespitose.The fruit body is divided into a rounded fertile head 2-4mm dia at top a sterile stalk up to 10mm tall and at first whitish turning more brown tinged with age.The head

Fruit bodies appear single but are more typically clustered and or sometimes caespitose.The fruit body is divided into a rounded fertile head 2-4mm dia at top a sterile stalk up to 10mm tall and at first whitish turning more brown tinged with age.The head displays a granular warty appearance when young becoming smooth at maturity. Develops on animal horn or hoof of cattle,sheep.It is classed as rare and on the red data list.I have found this twice before on sheep horn in wet valley locations but on this occasion it was in a very dry area of pine wood where the skeleton was lying on pine needle litter.I would love people to look out for this and record it if found but on a cautious note wear rubber gloves when handling it.I have found it from Dec to march even though it says spring to autumn so maybe it can be found all year round.