NS3878 : Wood stained green by a fungus

taken 11 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Wood stained green by a fungus
Wood stained green by a fungus
This small section of a fallen branch was stained green throughout its length, although the coloration is most visible in this photo at the right-hand side. Several other pieces of wood within a few feet of this one were likewise stained green.

The staining is caused by the fungal species Chlorociboria aeruginascens (Green Elfcup); as its common name suggests, it also produces fruiting bodies in the form of small green cups, but it is more common to encounter the dyed wood without the cups (as was the case here). Such green-stained wood was once highly valued; one of its uses was in a form of decorative woodwork called Tunbridge Ware.

I had hoped that, by returning to these stained pieces of wood in the right season, I would later be able to photograph the fruiting bodies of this species. The plan proved successful: NS3878 : Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens).

"The Oxford Book of Flowerless Plants" (1966, 1979, Nicholson/Brightman) describes this species under the older name of Chlorosplenium aeruginascens, and points out that it is often confused with a very similar species.
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Wednesday, 8 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 8 October, 2008
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