Top 100 Target Species potentially fruiting in February


Non-lichenised Ascomycota

  Species (links to species information) Associated organisms/substrata When to look Localities Last recorded (pre project) Successful search (during project lifespan) Number of sites (post 1960) Datasheet  Maps 
Biscogniauxia marginata In GB&I, on dead Malus bark. Known elsewhere from various hardwood species, mostly belonging to the Rosaceae Jan-Dec? England (NE Yorkshire) 1910   1(0)   Map
Cryptomyces maximus A weak parasite of Salix branches, sometimes associated with mechanical damage Feb-Dec, probably Jan-Dec. Recent records from Wales (Pembrokeshire), with a single new locality in Shropshire 2013 Yes 11(6)   Map
Daldinia petriniae A Daldinia concentrica look-alike found on Alnus (alder). Jan-Dec Single sites recorded in North Hampshire, Surrey, Worcester, and Warwickshire. 1998 Yes 4(4)   Map
Hypocreopsis lichenoides Parasitic on Hymenochaetopsis tabacina (=Hymenochaete tabacina), usually found associated with Salix spp. Jan-Dec The only confirmed recent records are from Wales (Radnorshire), and now also from Scotland (Berwickshire). 1993 Yes 2(2) PDF Map
Hypoxylon fuscoides A Hypoxylon fuscum (hazel woodwart) lookalike, on Alnus or Betula spp. Jan-Dec? Known from Ireland (County Down and County Armagh), England (Derbyshire and Buckinghamshire), and Wales (Glamorgan). 2011 Yes 6(6)   Map
Microglossum atropurpureum A purple-brown to purple-black earthtongue with colourless spores, found in unimproved grassland. Aug-Feb Widely distributed but infrequently recorded in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. 2013 Yes     Map
Mollisia subglobosa On felled trunks of Ilex aquifolium, in association with Nectria punicea var. ilicis. Dec-Feb England (historical records from S Hampshire, now also reported from Somerset and Wales (Pembrokeshire). 2013 Yes 6(6)   Map
Thyronectria roseovirens In GB&I, on dead (burnt) wood of Ulex europaeus (gorse). Elsewhere on wood and bark of various legumes. Jan-Dec? England (S Hampshire); first found in 2014, re-found on the same site in 2015, and at three further locations in the New Forest. 2014 Yes 4(4) PDF Map

Larger Basidiomycota

  Species (links to species information) Associated organisms/substrata When to look Localities Last recorded (pre project) Successful search (during project lifespan) Number of sites (post 1960) Datasheet  Maps 
Battarrea phalloides A distinctive fungus comprising a woody stalk supporting a rust-coloured powdery spore mass. Found in dry places, often in sandy soil on hedge banks and roadsides, often associated with ash (Fraxinus), Hawthorn (Crataegus) or elm (Ulmus). Jan-Dec Widely but sparsely distributed throughout the south of England, with strongholds in Norfolk and Suffolk. 2014 Yes     Map
Buglossoporus quercinus A bracket fungus found on the exposed heartwood of old oak trees (Quercus) often in ancient deer parks and forest pastures. Jun-Oct (also Jan and Feb) Scattered throughout England and Wales, more frequent in the South East, with a single site in Scotland. 2014 Yes     Map
Dichomitus efibulatus A poroid fungus causing a white rot on the dead attached wood or woody stems of blackthorn (Prunus), hazel (Corylus), gorse (Ulex) rose (Rosa) blackberry (Rubus) and hornbeam (Carpinus). Jan-Dec Most records are from South West England (Cornwall & Devon) it has also been found in S. Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Guernsey. 2013 No     Map
Hericium coralloides A fungus with a white, branched, coral-like fruitbody of up to 25 cm diam., on fallen trunks and logs of Fagus sylvatica (common beech) and Fraxinus excelsior (common ash). Aug-Dec, occasionally also Jan-Feb. Widespread but infrequently recorded throughout south and east England, with occasional records as north as Yorkshire. A single record from Wales (in Monmouthshire VC35). 2015 Yes      
Hericium erinaceus A fungus with distinctive white football-sized fruitbodies, formed of downward-pointing spines 10-40 mm long, fruiting high up on exposed central deadwood of old standing Fagus or Quercus trees. Sept-Nov, with occasional records from earlier and later months. Widespread but infrequently recorded throughout south England, with occasional records as north as Cumbria; and in Denbeighshire and Monmouthshire in Wales. 2015 Yes      
Hohenbuehelia culmicola A small dark greyish brown to black oyster mushroom, with a well-developed stem fruiting on sand dunes near the base of Ammophila arenaria (marram grass). Sept-Feb Found in England (West Norfolk, North-east Yorkshire and Durham) Wales (Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire) Scotland (East Lothian) and Ireland (Dublin). 2008 No 7(6)   Map
Perenniporia ochroleuca A small bracket fungus on branches of dead wood of mainly on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) but also hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), and other hosts, in coastal areas. Distinctive due to its very distinctive, fine and regular pores. Jan-Dec Throughout Cornwall, along the south coast of England, Pembrokeshire, and the Channel Islands. 2014 Yes     Map
Sarcodontia crocea A yellowish resupinate tooth fungus found on mature fruit trees mostly apples (Malus) but sometimes pear (Pyrus), and Prunus species. Jul-Nov, also Feb. Throughout England, more frequent in the South East, with a single site in Scotland. 2013 Yes     Map

Rusts, Smuts and Allies

  Species (links to species information) Associated organisms/substrata When to look Localities Last recorded (pre project) Successful search (during project lifespan) Number of sites (post 1960) Datasheet  Maps 
Vankya ornithogali A leaf smut of Gagea species (not Ornithogalum as the name would suggest), mostly reported on Gagea lutea (Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem). Feb-May Reported from VC23 Oxfordshire, VC43 Radnorshire, VC63 SW Yorkshire, VC64 MW Yorkshire and VC66 Durham 2012 Yes 8(6) PDF Map


Map of Top 100 Target species potentially fruiting in February

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith