Tunbridge Wells foray

Tunbridge Wells foray

VOLUME XXII AUGUST 1938 Nos. 1&2 TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORAY 22-26 May, 1936 By]. RAMSBOTTOM A fairly large party assembled at the Headquarters, Castle...

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Nos. 1&2


By]. RAMSBOTTOM A fairly large party assembled at the Headquarters, Castle Hotel, Tunbridge Wells, on Friday, May 22nd. As several members arrived somewhat late, the only business done in the evening was the explaining of the general arrangements for the foray, which had been made by Mr A. A. Pearson to whom all the members present were greatly indebted for all he did to make the foray a success. The weather had been very dry for some weeks and was exceptionally fine over the week-end; the ideal of abundant rain followed by a fine week-end is unfortunately beyond the achievement of even the most efficient foray secretary. On Saturday the party proceeded to Sheffield Park, Fletching, Sussex. The attractive gardens were visited, where there was a brilliant mass of Japanese Primulas and an abundance of interesting trees and shrubs. Sheffield Park has both literary and sporting associations. Edward Gibbon spent much time there in the company of his friend and patron John Baker Holroyd, the first Lord Sheffield; his remains are in the near-by church. Several of us were perhaps more interested in seeing the famous cricket ground where under the patronage of the third Earl* the first match of visiting Australian teams was played for many years. One of the lakes which in the hard winter of 1890-1 had ice thick enough for several cricket matches to be played on it, was covered at the time of our visit with "water bloom". Fungi were as scarce as we had feared; Amanitapantherina and Corticium caeruleum, were among the few larger fungi found and Tilletia striiformis, Urocystis Anemones, Hypocrea pulvinata and Stagnospora Curtisii among the microfungi. After returning to Headquarters a visit was paid to the Tunbridge Wells Municipal Museum where we were received by the honorary Curator, DrJ. C. M. Given. The chief object of the visit was to see the very fine exhibit of Tunbridge ware. In preparing this, thin strips of differently coloured woods are assembled into a block, so that their ends display the desired pattern or picture. They are then glued and bound together under pressure and the mass is cut transversely into thin strips with a circular saw. This" veneer" is glued on to the table, box, or other article to be decorated, then carefully smoothed and polished. The interest to the mycologist is that the" green wood" is oak infected with the mycelium of Chlorosplenium aeruginosum. In the evening the place for the next spring foray was discussed. Votes of thanks were passed to the various landowners and especial thanks to Mr A. A. Pearson for his arrangements. Brockhurst Park was visited on Saturday. The Rhododendrons in the drive were heavily infected with Sporocybe Azaleae and some very large specimens of Reticularia Lycoperdon attracted some attention. But intensive search failed to add many species even of microfungi, though there was abundance of Monilia aurea. At the spot where we lunched in an open field, lightning had struck an oak and for twenty to twenty-five feet the rift was lined with Coniophora puteana. After tea Messrs Wallace's nurseries were visited. Monday was again a glorious day and Harriss Rocks and Eridge were explored. The former produced the beautiful Arachnopeeira aurelia, Urceolella versicolor, and * He presented the well-known cricket trophy, the Sheffield Shield, to be competed for annually between Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. MS


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Elaphomyces granulatus; the latter an old whitened specimen of Polyporus sulphureus covered with the rusty brown Acrostalagmus cinnabarinus and Fomes annosus growing on beech. But on the damp rocks there was growing in quantity the filmy fern Hymenophyllum tunbridgense, first "found by Dr Dare" (Ray, Historia, 1 (1686), 141). I t was at Eridge Park that Lord North, recuperating from the court life of James I, discovered a chalybeate spring, consulted experts and started the fashion of drinking the waters which made Tunbridge Wells famous as a resort. To end the day's foray High Rocks was visited; this was merely a trip to see the best known examples of the Hastings sandstone outcrops of the neighbourhood, but Pluteus cervinus was added to the list. After tea a visit was paid to Messrs Constable's nursery. All members present contributed to the list of fungi. Mr T. Petch supplied the Jist of Mycetozoa. S. = Sheffield Park; B. = Buckhurst Park; H. = Harriss Rocks; E. = Eridge. HYMENOMYCETES Amanita pantherina (DC.) Fr., S., rubescens (Pers.) Fr., B. Armillaria melle a (Va hi) Fr., S. Marasmius coni genus (Pers.) Karst., S., dryophila (Bull.) Karst., B. Panus stipticus (Bull.) Fr., S. Pluteus cervinus (Schaeff.) Fr., High Rocks. Galera siligvinea Fr., B., tenera (Schaeff.) Fr., B. Coprinus lagopus Fr., S. Boletus granulatus (Linn.) Fr., S. Polyporus squamosus (Huds.) Fr., S., sulphureus (Bull.) Fr., E., H., Schweinitzii Fr., S., betulinus (Bull.) Fr., S., radiatus (Sow.) Fr., E. Fomes annosus Fr., on beech, E., ferruginosus (Schrad.) Mass., H. Ganoderma applanatum (Pers.) Pat., B. Polystictus versicolor (Linn.) Fr., B., abietinus (Dicks.) Fr., B. Stereum hirsutum (Willd.) Fr., B., H., E. Corticium caeruleum (Schrad.) Fr., S. Peniophora longispora (Pat.) v. Hoehn. & Litsch., B. Coniophora puteana (Schum.) Karst., B. Auricularia auricula-Judae (Linn.) Schroet., S. GASTEROMYCETES Phallus impudicus (Linn.) Pers., S. UREDINALES Uromyces Scillarum (Grev.) Wint., B., H., Valerianae (Schum.) Fuck., on Valeriana q/ficinalis, B., Poae Rab., on Ranunculus Ficaria,B., Ficariae (Schum.) Lev., B. Puccinia Violae (Schum.) DC., S., H., fusca (Pers.) Wint., H., Taraxaci Plowr., E., obscura Schroet., on Luzula, S., obtegens (Link) Tul., S., B., Anthoxanthi Fuck., B. Kuehneola albida (Kuehn.) Magn., E. Melampsora Rostrupii Wagn., B., H., S. Melampsoridium betulinum (Pers.) Kleb., B. Milesia Scolopendrii Syd., H. USTILAGINALES Ustilago violacea (Pers.) Wint., H. Tilletia striiformis (Westend.) Magn., S. Entyloma Ranunculi (Bon.) Schroet., B. Urocystis Anemones (Pers.) Schroet., S.

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PLECTASCALES Elaphomyces granulatus Fr., H. PYRENOMYCETES Nectria cinnabarina (Tode) Fr., S., Aquifolii (Fr.) Berk., S. Hypocrea pulvinata Fuck., S. Rosellinia velutina Fuck., B. Melanomma pulvisculum (Curr.) Sacc., B. Stigmatea Robertiani Fr., B. Berlesiella nigerrima (Blox.) Sacc., on Eutypa fiavovirescens, S. Leptosphaeria acuta (Moug. & Nestl.) Karst., B. Valsa stellulata (Fr.) Sacc., B., diatrypa Fr., B. Quaternaria Persooni Tul., B. Diatrypella quercina (Pers.) Nits., S., verrucaeformis (Ehrh.) Nits., S., Tocciaeana de Not., B. Diatrype Stigma (Hoffm.) Fr., S., disciformis (Hoffm.) Fr., S. Ustulina vulgaris Tul., S., B. Hypoxylon coccineum Bull., S., fuscum (Pers.) Fr., S. Xylaria Hypoxylon (Linn.) Grev., S., polymorpha (Pers.) Grev., B. HYSTERIALES Lophodermium Pinastri (Schrad.) Chev., H. DISCOMYCETES Dasyobolus immersus (Pers.) Sacc., on deer dung, B. Lasiobolus equinus (Mull.) Karst., on deer dung, B. Arachnopeziza aurelia (Pers.) Fuck., on Quercus cupule, H. Micropodia pteridina (Karst.) Boud., S. Chlorosplenium aeruginosa (Oeder) de Not., S. Dasyscypha bicolor (Bull.) Fuck., B., virginea (Batsch) Fuck., B., fuscescens (Pers.) Rehm, S. Urceolella versicolor (Desm.) Boud., on Pteris, H. Trichopeziza escharoides (B. & Br.) Boud., E. Mollisia cinerea (Batsch) Karst., S., B. Stegia Ilicis Fr., H. Colpoma quercinum (Pers.) Wallr., B. PHYCOMYCETES Cystopus candidus (Pers.) de By., on Cardamine, H. Plasmopara nivea (Ung.) Schroet., on Aegopodium, S. PiloboIus crystallinus (Wigg.) Tode, on rabbit and deer dung, B. PROTOMYCETACEAE Protomyces macrosporus Ung., on Aegopodium, H. DEUTEROMYCETES Phyllosticta Camelliae Westend., S. Septoria Ficariae Desm., B., Rubi Westend., H. Staganospora Curtisii (Berk.) Sacc., S. Gloeosporium taxicolum Allesch., S. Melanconium stilbostoma (Fr.) Tul., B. Pestallozia funerea Desm., on Rhododendron, S. 1-2


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Monilia aurea (Link) Gme!., on Quercus bark, B. Oidium alphitoides Griff. & Maub!., E., erysiphoides Fr., on Myosotis, H. Cyparissiae Syd., H. Gliocladium penicillioides Cda., on Comatricha typhoides, B. Ovularia primulana Karst., B. Acrostalagmus cinnabarinus Cda., on Polyporus squamosus, E. Ramularia Ranunculi Peck, H., Spiracae Peck, S., B., Primulae v. Thum., S., Taraxaci Karst., E. Coniothecium complanatum (Nees) Sacc., on Salix, B. Torula antennata Pers., S. Cladosporium herbarum (Pers.) Link, on Aucuba }aponica, S. Sporocybe Azaleae Peck, B., E. Stilbclla erythrocephala (Ditm.) Lind., on deer and rabbit dung, B. Stysanus stemonites Cda., S. MYCETOZOA By T. Petch Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa Macbr., B. Fuligo septica Gme!., B. Diderma deplanatum Fr., B. Comatricha typhoides Rost., B. Reticularia Lycoperdon Bull., S., B. Lycogala epidendrurn Fr., B., H., S. Trichia affinis de By., S., sea bra Rost., B., decipicns Macbr., B. Hernitricha vesparium Macbr., B. Arcyria denudata Wettst., B.