Knowing your limits

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday 6 December 2011 20:04

Not been feeling too great for the last few days but was keen to get back to work.I had arranged to take a group of students from Plumpton College to talk about conservation grazing at Malling Down and I didn't want to let them down. My back eased up over the morning so I went ahead. We had a good walk around the site and I spotted these black fungi growing out of the grass in the area known as Green Pits. They are earthtongues but of what species? I found a good online key but I couldn't get very far without a high-powered microscope. I am pretty confident it's in the genus Trichoglossum but I don't want to go any further than that as there are a number of species in the genus and microscope features are required to identify them. Still, I have learnt something new today and that's always a good thing.

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