Thursday, 28 January 2016

Green Elves in Llwydcoed

Early this afternoon, just before the rain turned persistent, I paid a brief microfungi hunting visit to a woods in Llwydcoed. I collected a few specimens to examine under the microscope, but one little beauty I didn't have to collect was Green Elf-cup, growing on a rotten ash trunk. I have seen it on that trunk previously and also posted photos of it, but today, it was in its prime and I couldn't resist taking some shots of it.

Green Elf-cup

I also found more of the distinctive alga, Phycopeltis arundinacea, colonising the surfaces of Ivy leaves.

Hundreds of tiny colonies of Phycopeltis arundinacea, covering the surface of the leaf.


  1. The Green Elf Cup looks amazing Mark and will after keep my eyes out for that and i so my first Scarlet Elf Cup today in Robertstown

  2. The next one scarlet elf cup I see, I will collect and see if I can get to the bottom of its identity.

  3. That will be great mark too know.