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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Suillus flavidus, Trough of Bowland, Lancashire

Suillus flavidus, Trough of Bowland, Lancashire, June 2014

During June I spent a few days in Lancashire.  I enjoyed a very hot spell of weather and as I spent most of my time at, or near the coast, there were no fungi to be seen.  On the return journey home, we travelled through the Trough of Bowland.  The Trough of Bowland is a valley and high pass reaching 968ft (295m) above sea level.  It is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and separates Lancashire with West Riding in Yorkshire.

It was a delightful drive.  We met very few cars and I saw, and managed to photograph my first ever Curlew. 

I stopped at a copse of pine trees.  The ground seemed more damp at this height and I photographed what I believe might be Suillus flavidus.
I say might, because I did not remove this fungus from the site to get an analysis as there were only two.  

The features are: cap 2-6 cm across, straw-yellow to pale ochre.  The pores are large and angular and deep yellow.  The stem is straw yellow above a gelatinous, tawny coloured ring, and dull and buff below.  This specimen definitely had a gelatinous ring.  The habitat where it is to be found is in wet mossy areas usually with Scots pine.   Late Summer. It is classed as uncommon and on the Red Data List as being seen as vulnerable.
These photographs can now be viewed on Browse 5, www.fungiworld.co.uk

Special thank you to RE for driving.


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