Archived Reports - Flora - 2006
31st December: A very late Hedgehog Mushroom Hydnum repandum seen at Denny Lodge Inclosure in the New Forest.
31st December: 14 flowers and shrubs in bloom on a 'Winter Wildflower Walk' at Southampton Old Cemetery as well as 8 species of fungi. The latter included the uncommon, and deadly poisonous, Lepiota josserandii under cypresses.
29th December: First Hazel seen in bloom (unless anybody has seen any even earlier) at Sainsbury's, Hedge End.
28th December: On bare ground north of Calshot Power Station large numbers of the uncommon moss Aloina aloides seen. This species is usually associated with the chalk. 28 species of lichen seen at Keyhaven to Lower Pennington in a recee for a Field Meeting on 14th January.
27th December: Late Michaelmas Daisy Aster x versicolor in flower in some quantity along the railway footpath at Freemantle.
26th December: Another new site for Hairy Garlic Allium subhirsutum in Southampton. This time at Weston Common, close to Imber Way. The Naples Garlic Allium neapolitanum at Donkey Common has spread to two more sites along the Bursledon Road. In the woods at Donkey Common a Bergenia that was not in bloom appears to be B x schmidtii.
24th December: Orange-peel Fungus Aleuria aurantiaca was seen in flowerbeds at West End Road, Bitterne.
23rd December: There are still Chanterelles Cantharellus cibarius at Sowley Brooms, east of Lymington. Also The Goblet Toadstool Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis is up here.
21st December: There are still Oyster Mushrooms at Horns Drove Wood, Rownhams. Also seen here were some interesting trees, Guelder Rose Viburnum opulus and Cherry Plum Prunus cerasifera were probably new records here. Three species of bird-sown Cotoneasters were identified as C. rehderi, C.bullatus and C.sternianus.
20th December: A large colony (about 50+ ) Giant Earthstar Geastrum triplex under hawthorns along a footpath by Worthy Down Camp at South Wonston.
12th December: One specimen of the Daisy Earthstar Geastrum floriforme was seen at Eastleigh Cemetery under cypresses; more had been reported earlier in the season ? this is a particularly rare species. Also a toadstool which smells of putty i.e. Macrocystidea cucumis seen here and there has been an increase in Sowerbyella.
8th December: A Red Data Book Ascomycete fungus Sowerbyella radiculata found under cypresses at Eastleigh Cemetery. This is a distinctive mustard yellow coloured cup fungus with a dark ?tap-root?. Also two species of Earthstar Geastrum coronatum and G.striatum present here.
4th December: A tree survey was carried out at Hum Hole, Bitterne and one self-sown Late Cotoneaster Cotoneaster lacteus as well as about ten self-sown Portugal Laurel Prunus lusitanicus were found.
27th November: The small Mycena flavoalba is the only toadstool to appear on a garden lawn at 488 Bitterne Road East so far.
24th November: It has not been a very good year for Hygrocybe but there were 10 H.calyptriformis (Pink Pixie Cap) in Anns Hill Cemetery, Gosport. Also the Scarlet Caterpillar club Cordyceps militaris seen here. This latter species has been scarce in 2006. 18 Stinkhorn Phallus impudicus found in an unusual habitat ? the leaf litter under London Planes at Gosport Park.
22nd November: A small plant of Spurge Laurel Daphne laureolum found on the western side of Tanglewood Pond at Rownhams. The barberry Berberis thunbergii and Himalayan Honeysuckle Leycesteria formosa bird sown at nearby Fernyhurst Lake, Rownhams.
15th November: Ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia growing as a weed in a garden at Seymour Avenue, Upper Shirley.
15th November: A moss that specialises on pony dung, Sphlacnum ampullaceum, seen at two locations in Wilverley Bog.
15th November: Cotoneaster congestus, first reported by Paul Bowman in 1988, still present at Mogshade Hill and there are three more recent bird sown specimens there. There is also a large patch of the closely related Cotoneater sherifii nearby.
13th November: Two bushes of Chinese Barberry Berberis julianae(first recorded in 2000) still present at High Corner in the west of the New Forest.
12th November: Seven species of fungi recorded as new species at a foray at Kite's Croft. These included the Parasitic Bolete Xerocomus parasiticus and an interesting bracket fungus on birch, Hapalopilus nidulans.
11th November: Another new site found for Yellow-flowered Strawberry Duchesnea indica ? this time at Botany Bay, Sholing south of Bunny Hill.
11th November: 45 species of fungi found at Mayfield Park, including the on the recee of 9th November. The highlight today was Panther Cap Amanita pantherina north of the children?s playground. This latter is apparently the first record within Southampton city boundary. Also an unusual, almost scale-less Honey Fungus in the formal gardens identified as Armillaria cepistipes.
9th November: A new site for Tinder (=Hoof) Fungus Fomes fomentarius found on beech west of the obelisk at Mayfield Park.
6th November: Six species of fungi, including Pholiota squarrosa, recorded at Watt?s Park in central Southampton.
5th November: Still plenty of fungi at Itchen Valley Country Park but there were a lot of eyes looking. The highlight was probably the third Hampshire record for Pholiota flammans, also known as Flaming Scaly-cap. This was found in the conifer plantation section NE of Highwood Barn as were other species of interest such as Jelly Tongue Pseudohydnum gelatinosum and the Rancid Greyling Tephrocybe rancida.
5th November: An interesting Amanita known as Amanita franchetii found at Round Coppice, Whiteley. This species resembles the Blusher Amanita rubescens but has bright yellow velar remains on the cap, a yellow ring and no pink flushing. Other fungi of interest here included Panther Cap Amanita pantherina, ?Pick-a-back Toadstool? Nyctalis parasticus and Tricholoma sejunctum.
5th November: Stink Aster Dittrichia graveolens found at another site on the M27. This time it was found on the roundabout over junction 9 at Whiteley.
26th October (latest news):
Found the Tomatillo
(a Mexican relative of Chinese
Lantern with yellow flowers) Physalis ixiocarpa
car park. This has since been re-determined as
31st October: Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens
coming to bloom again in some places and
Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix
in flower at EastEnd.
A good crop of the rare Cortinarius violaceus
reported at a known site at Mark
in the New Forest and both Cortinarius trivialis and Hericium cirrhatum
North of Millyford Bridge
the Boletus junquilleus
had gone over but
the rare Pick-a-back Toadstool Nyctalis parasiticus
seen on Russula densifolia
other fungi of interest were Amanita inaurata
and Boletus calopus
A good selection of fungi seen in parts of the central parks in
, at least where there are native tree species.
Species of particular interest included Xerocomus pulverulentus, Xerocomus rubellus, Clitocybe inodora and Collybia
There was also some Giant Polypore Meripilus giganteus
at the base of a
London Plane and the bracket Ganoderma resinaceum
on Common Lime.
In one of the flowerbeds at Andrew's (= East) Park, Southampton
several flowering plants of
what appeared to the alien spurge Euphorbia maculata
The rare Broad-leaved cotton-grass Eriphorum latifolium
found to be still
present at Stony Moors, near to Homesley.
Some interesting fungi seen in
a second survey at Beaulieu Motor Museum
car park. These
included Russula violeipes, Lactarius mitissimus, Leccinum aurantiacum
and Boletus queletii
(yet again). Also Death Cap Amanita phalliodes
still present here. A 'massive' amount of fungi found in the
woodland and abandoned marl pits at Norley Wood, East End.
particular interest here included Boletus pseudoregius, Tricholoma sejunctum, Cortinarius trivialis,
Cortinarius bolaris, Lactarius lacunarum
and Phellidon melaleuca.
Found the Tomatillo
(a Mexican relative of Chinese Lantern with yellow flowers)
Physalis ixiocarpa at Beaulieu Motor Museum car park.
Also growing there was abundantly naturalised Argentinian Vervain Verbena bonariensis.
Yet another record of the normally scarce Bolete Boletus queletii
- this time
at Freemantle Baptist Church car park in Southampton,
under a birch tree.
The unusual mushroom Agaricus lanipes
recorded at Ann's Hill Cemetery, Gosport.
54 species of fungi recorded at the foray at Micheldever Wood -
this was about the same
number as the people who turned up i.e. one each! Particularly interesting fungi seen
included Cortinarius croceocaeruleus, Lactarius volemus, Micromphale foetidum, Mycena crocata and
Rugosomyces (=Calocybe) ionides.
A fungi foray in the Culverley / Stubbs Wood
area of the SE New Forest revealed
huge numbers of Amanita
including the scarce Amanita porphyria
. Other fungi of interest here
included Cortinarius uliginosus, Russula violeipes, Hebeloma edurum, Pholiota apicrea, Magpie Inkcap Coprinus picaceus
(uncommon in the forest) and Nail Fungus Poronia punctata
Another huge hauls of fungi - this time at Micheldever Wood north of Winchester.
to mention really but the scarce Lepiota hystrix
was of particular interest as were
the Bolete Xerocomus pulverulentus
and, on Beech stumps, Lentinus torulosus.
17th October: The Hampshire Purslane Ludwigia palustris
north of the Ornamental Lake on Southampton
confirmed and it appears to be spreading. Pokeweed Phyllotaca acinos
found growing with nettles
at College Road, Winchester
and Garden Thyme Thymnus vulgaris
still persisting on the eastern wall
of Wovesley Castle.
Fungi survey in the cemeteries
but most of the Hygrocybe's
showing yet apart from Hygrocybe chlorophana in Ann's Hill
Cemetery and Hygrocybe glutinipes at Clayhall Military
Cemetery. Other fungi of particular interest at Clayhall Military
Cemetery included Boletus queletii, Deathcap Amanita
phalloides, Agaricus cupreobrunneus, Leucopaxillus paradoxus and
Some naturalised autumn-flowering crocus Crocus speciosus
found at the base of an oak tree at Chestnut Avenue,Eastleigh.
54 species of fungi, including
the Bitter Bolete Tylopilus felleus,
seen during the
foray at Matley Wood.
The rare yellow Bolete Boletus junquilleus
seen in good numbers
near Millyford Bridge carpark in the New Forest.
interesting fungi in the area included Hare's Ear Otidea
onotica, the chanterelle Cantharellus tubiformis
var.lutescens and more Panther Cap Amanita pantherina
(very abundant this year).
plant of Moth Mullein Verbascum blattaria
Bursledon Road, behind Milbury Crescent.
A huge number of fungi seen during a foray at Beaulieu
. Around the
Motor Museum car park species of particular interest included
Tricholoma vaccinum and both Deathcap Amanita
Phalloides and Panther Cap Amanita pantherina
was also found in Great Goswell Copse
along with Russula
violeipes, Hebeloma trucatum, Pseudocraterellus sinuosus and
Discovery of the American composite flower Melampodium montanum
the centre of Alverstoke village, Gosport -
9th October: Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna
appears to have gone from a known site at
Bishopstoke (Chickenhall) Sewage Farm
uncommon Zoned Polypore Podoscypha multizonata
under oaks south of the Boating Lake on Southampton
7th October: Boletus pseudoregius
confirmed at Hilltop Wood, Beaulieu.
Considerable numbers of early season and mid season
fungi fruiting together in woods in the Beaulieu
of the motor museum. There were particularly large numbers of
(Ceps) and one specimen of what was
thought to be Boletus pseudoregius.
Other fungi of
interest included Spiny Puffball Lycoperdon
echinatum,Boletus aereus, Boletus queletii,
Panther Cap Amanita pantherina and several interesting species
Reports of flowering Woody Fleabane Dittrichia graveolens
A31 westward from the roundabout at the junction of the M27.
Colony of the scarce Bird?s-nest Fungus Crucibulum leave
on bark mulch under tree
plantings in the car park outside Argos at West Quay.
interesting fungus Leuicoagaricus cinerascens
bark mulch nearby.
Two brackets of Tinder Fungus Fomes fomentarius at Kendall?s
Wood, Thornhill Park
on a moribund birch tree. This species
normally grows on this host in Scotland. There is already a site,
known for twenty years, on beech at Mayfield Park.
A report of the
ragweed Ambrosia artemisiifolia
at Havant but later
weeded out. There are currently no known sites for this species in
A single plant of Argentinian Vervain Verbena bonariensis
growing in a
paving stone at Eynham Avenue, Bitterne
Some increase in fungi, for example the white parasol
seen at Peartree
Quite a large
increase in the amount of fungi about ? species of true mushroom
particularly common this year. Also Shaggy
Parasol Macrolepiota rhacodes
and the white Leucoagaricus leucothites
at Peartree Green.
A small colony of Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum
by Castle Lane, North Baddesley
Four specimens of a rare Eathstar Geastrum
found under Cypress trees at Brookwood
About twenty more seen a week later.
A poisonous species of
parasol mushroom called Echinoderma adspersum (or Lepiota
seen in a flowerbed at 6 Caerleon Avenue,
One clump of Mistletoe
found on a Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
at Freemantle Common, Bitterne.
The destructive bracket
fungus Phaeolus schweinitzii
found on a dead (but
standing) Monterey Pine Pinus radiata at Deep Dene,
10th September: Royal Fern Osmunda regalis
discovered growing in a damp area amongst brambles by the public
footpath running north from Green Lane, Old Netley.
10th September: Orange Balsam (= Jewel Weed) Impatiens capensis
recorded at a new site by the River
near the Swanwick boatyard.
First record of Parasitic Bolete Xerocomus parasiticus
on earthball fungus in
Kendall's Wood, Thornhill.
Large numbers of Autumn Ladies Tresses Spiranthes spiralis
Close, Thornhill Park
. It is obviously a very good year for this orchid despite the total destruction of the
large colony on the Thornhill Primary School fields.
A 'new' colony of Autumn Ladies Tresses Spiranthes spiralis
on a grassy bank on
the NE side of Archery Road, Weston.
An unusual selection of species
along one short and shady section of the Bartley Water in Totton
NW of Rumbridge -
naturalised species included Woodruff
Galium odoratum, Druce's Crane's-bill Geranium x
oxonianum and Pickerel Weed Pontaderacordata.
25 species of fungi recorded on the Field Meeting at Shatterford and Denny Wood
including the ring-less Honey Fungus Armillaria tabescens
and the bracket
. Flora recorded at this meeting included flowering specimens of Lesser Bladderwort
where one of the footpaths crosses West Denny Bog.