| An Alga (Phycopeltis arundinacea) From the surface of a Laurel Leaf, Collected|
from the Leaf Litter. X400 (unstained)
|Phycopeltis arundinacea colony, from a Laurel Leaf. Stained with Methylene|
|Phycopeltis arundinacea. The Whole colony, X100, Stained with Methylene Blue.|
The whole colony is 1.10mm across its widest point.
|Spores of Phragmidium violaceum X200. This is the rust that causes the small|
purple spots that are common on Bramble leaves.
|Phragmidium Violaceum spores X400.|
|Ever wondered what a Gorse spine looks like in cross section? It looks like this.|
Since then I have tried to identify them, but without success and even when I bought the Bible of Microfungi: 'Microfungi on Land Plants' by Martin and Pamela Ellis, I was disappointed when I was unable to find it under Salix (willow Spp). Googling 'Microfungi of Salix' got me nowhere either, until yesterday. As I poked around in Dare Valley country park, I came across this fungus again and collected a specimen to examine under the microscope and when I got home I tried an web search again, but this time, armed with a little more knowledge of types of microfungi, I searched on 'Ascomycetes on Salix' and bingo, there were loads of pictures of it.
At last, I had its name: Glyphium elatum, so was able to go back to the book and look it up. According to the Ellis's, they have only ever seen it once, on Honeysuckle in the Channel Islands, though they mentioned that it also occurs on other woody species. They regard it as rare, but around here, it is fairly common on Sallow and I seem to recall seeing it on dead Wych Elm too. Either way, I now have a new square bashing project.
Phil; if you would rather I didn't post any more of these, just say so and I'll only be moderately hurt and offended.