Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Sat 12 Sep - Thu 17 Sep 2009, based at Kindrogan, Perthshire. Page 2 (back to Page 1)
Topside and underside of the Woolly Milk-cap, Lactarius torminosus,which grows under Birch.
Lactarius uvidus (no English name) stains violet where bruised. Lactarius glyciosmus smells of coconut and is called the Coconut Milk-cap.
These are Slimy Milk-cap (Lactarius blennius) and Curry Milk-cap (Lactarius camphoratus), both among the beech leaves.
Grey Milk-cap (Lactarius vietus) and Ugly Milk-cap (Lactarius turpis), both associated with Birch.
Yellow Milk-cap (Lactarius repraesentaneus) has a woolly cap margin and a pitted stem. It stains violet when bruised. All Lactarius species give "milk" when cut across the gills. Colour changes in the milk help to identify the species. In the Bitter Milk-cap (Lactarius acris) shown here, the milk turns pink after about 30 seconds.
Many other Lactarius species were found besides those I took pictures of.
We found a good selection of Russula species though not as many as Lactarius. These are Russula ochroleuca and Russula nobilis. Russulas are particularly tasty to slugs and are often found in a chewed state like these two.
Russula rosea beginning to crack up with age, and Russula sanguinea under Pine, with its pink-flushed stem.
Russula nigricans, showing how it darkens as it gets older, and a purple Russula which I didn't get the name of. (a lot of things could only be identified back at the lab, and inevitably I lost track of many of them)
These are two common bracket fungi which we've had on the site before, Stereum hirsutum and Heterobasidion annosum. Despite lacking gills and stems they belong to the same order as Russula and Lactarius.
More pages from the Kindrogan course coming soon.
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