Observation 222424: Terana caerulea (Schrad. ex Lam.) Kuntze

Code: Bot_923/2015_DSC9612

Habitat: Corylus avellana thickets; former pasture; modestly inclined mountain slope; southeast aspect, locally almost flat terrain; shallow, calcareous ground; in shade, relatively warm place; partly protected from direct rain by bush canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, elevation 575 m (1.880 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Substratum: partly debarked, dead branches of Corylus avellana from 2 to 6 cm in diameter, still standing; fungus growing on bark as well as on debarked wood.

Place: Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta; between Trenta 1 (former farm house Koc) and Trenta 2 (former farm house Skokar), right bank of river Soča, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC.

Fungus was growing on two thicker and one thin dead branch. The largest patch of its basidiome measured about 4.5 cm in width and about 1.5 m in length; flesh waxy-rubbery when moist and young; basidiome is quite strong and firmly attached to the substratum; SP faint, whitish-beige, aoac7.

Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8

Proposed Names

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Recognized by sight: Saturated blue crust fungus.
Used references: (1) A. Bernicchia, S.P. Gorjon, Cortitiaceaes, Fungi Europaei Vol.12., Edizioni Candusso (2010), pp 650.
(2) S. Buczacki, Collins Fungi Guide, Collins (2012), p 530.
(3) M. Bon, Parey’s Buch der Pilze, Kosmos (2005), p 322.
(4) G.J. Krieglsteiner (Hrsg.), Die Grosspilze Baden-Württembergs, Band 1, Ulmer (2000), p 342.
Based on microscopic features: Spores dimensions: 7,5 [8,7 ; 9,1] 10,2 × 4,8 [5,4 ; 5,7] 6,3 microns; Q = 1,4 [1,6 ; 1,7] 1,9; N = 35; C = 95%; Me = 8,9 × 5,5 microns; Qe = 1,6. Olympus CH20, NEA 100x/1.25, magnification 1.000 x, oil, in water. AmScope MA500 digital camera.

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