NS3977 : A fungus - Mucronella species

taken 7 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

A fungus - Mucronella species
A fungus - Mucronella species
The patch of fungus shown in this photograph is about 8cm across, and the individual spines are up to 8 millimetres long. As far as I know, the Mucronella species found in Britain are M. flava and M. calva: the former usually has yellow spines, and the latter has (according to the literature) shorter spines; it is not clear which of those species is depicted in this picture (Mucronella bresadolae looks very similar, but is not a British species at least, not as far as I know).

The spines are growing directly downwards (geotropic growth). The fungus is on a fallen conifer near the corner of a road in the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate. That corner is at the far end of the section of road shown in NS3978 : Vale of Leven, Strathleven Industrial Estate.
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Date Taken
Friday, 7 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 17 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
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Place (from Tags)
Vale of Leven Industrial Estate 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3932 7793 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0444N 4:34.5593W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3932 7793
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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