Lachnellula subtilissima

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Lachnellula subtilissima

On a dead larch branch. 14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Fruiting Body

Initially cup shaped, becoming flattened with age, attached to the substrate by a short stem, inner fertile surface smooth, yellow to orange, outer surface covered in white hairs, to about 5mm across

Flesh

Brittle, yellowish

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Unknown

Season

Autumn to spring

Distribution

Infrequent

Habitat

On dead wood from conifers, most often recorded on pine but also on spruce (Picea), fir (Abies), larch and cedar

Spore Print

White

Microscopic Features

Ascospores spindle shaped, smooth, hyaline (5-10) x 2 µm2. Paraphyses cylindrical, septate, sometimes branched at the base. Asci eight spored. Hairs septate, cylindrical, warty.

Edibility

Inedible

Notes

There are numerous rather similar species which are distinguished by habitat and microscopic features.

Additional Photographs

Lachnellula subtilissima

14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leic Goodwin

Lachnellula subtilissima

14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Lachnellula subtilissima

Spores viewed with a x100 immersion objective. 14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Lachnellula subtilissima

Asci and paraphyses in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Lachnellula subtilissima

Hairs in Congo Red viewed with a x40 objective. 14 January 2017 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin