Rans Wood and Stubbs Wood - Sun 26 Aug 2012
Field event ID: HF1212
New to Hampshire at least: Russula plumbeobrunnea
OS Grid areas: SU3602 3603 3703
Weather: A warm late summer's day. Some showers in the preceeding week
Report: To celebrate the late Bank Holiday a visit Stubbs and Rans Wood was choosen for its reputation for summer boletes and russulas. There was a good turnout including Jacqui who was visiting the area from Hertfordshire. Whilst still within earshot of the carpark, which incidentally was packed with dog walkers, Jean-Paul had found some brackets on apple trees which after a few suggestions were banded about Sara made the suggestion of Inonotus hispidus (Shaggy bracket), a well known ash species which is also found on apple. This turned out to be the final diagnosis. The uncommon brilliant cobalt blue resupinate Terana caerulea (Cobalt Crust) was spotted by Sara but the commonest resupinate of the day was a toothy specimen which puzzled some of us at home until eventually Alan decided it was Hyphoderma radula but with very small teeth. The area is also well known for the larger toothed fungi but on this occasion only one collection of Phellodon confluens was spotted by Jean-Paul. We were treated to a few russulas and boletes including an impressive couple of large red-netted boletes which everyone walked past before Eric spotted them. Boletus rhodopurpeus (Oldrose bolete) was the final decision. There was certainly enough to make it a day worth negotiating the bank holiday traffic.
PS I belatedly looked at an email from Eric where amongst his usual list of Russulas was Russula plumbeobrunnea, a name that I seemed to have seen recently. Indeed it was in an article by Geoffrey Kibby in Field Mycology Vol13(3) p75 highlighting this recently published species (2010) which catches the odd looking R parazurea collections. Eric decided this specimen, which was left on the wing mirror of my car by someone leaving the foray early, fitted the bill. We certainly haven't knowlingly seen this in Hampshire before under this name and I have no idea how many times it has been recognised in the UK.
Amanita citrina var. citrina, Boletus rhodopurpureus, Boletus subtomentosus, Botryobasidium aureum, Bulbillomyces farinosus, Calocera cornea, Chlorociboria aeruginascens, Cortinarius bolaris, Dacrymyces stillatus, Daedaleopsis confragosa, Daldinia concentrica, Datronia mollis, Fomitiporia robusta, Fuscoporia ferrea, Ganoderma australe, Gymnopus fusipes, Hygrocybe calciphila, Hymenochaete rubiginosa, Hypoxylon fragiforme, Inonotus hispidus, Lachnum virgineum, Lactarius quietus, Marasmiellus ramealis, Marasmius rotula, Mycena stylobates, Panaeolus semiovatus var. semiovatus, Phellodon confluens, Phragmidium violaceum, Piptoporus betulinus, Pleurotus ostreatus, Pluteus cervinus, Rickenella fibula, Russula plumbeobrunnea, Russula velenovskyi, Russula vesca, Russula virescens, Schizopora paradoxa, Scleroderma areolatum, Scleroderma citrinum, Skeletocutis nivea, Stereum hirsutum, Terana coerulea, Trametes gibbosa, Trochila ilicina, Xerocomellus engelii