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Calocera viscosa: the yellow stagshorn fungus

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Calocera viscosa: the yellow stagshorn fungus

There is so much in the natural world that is small and so often missed. I decided to take a walk and look specifically for fungi, although I find them very hard to identify. I set off for Sandford Woods, near Wareham, which is predominantly natural Scots Pine and under conifers is usually a good place for fungi. With this in mind I looked closely at fallen branches and tree stumps and, amongst the mosses and lichens that colonise these places I found this, the Yellow Stagshorn fungus (Calocera viscosa).

Now Calocera viscosa is not uncommon, in fact it is very common everywhere but particularly on pine stumps. It may not be uncommon but it is small. These 'tongues' stand less than an inch tall and, despite their bright orange colour, are easily missed if you are not looking closely. This shows too, the advantage of magnified photography as it reveals detail and beauty that is otherwise easily missed. This also illustrates that not all fungi have the familiar toadstool shape and when you look closely you find all sorts of strange and wonderful things.

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 1 year 8 months ago

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