Cluster of small, club-like, black and white fungi growing on fallen branch. Black at base, white at top. Only a few have branching white tips, the others are club-shaped.
Beautiful dark grey heart shaped cap folded on top of a lighter grey stem, seemingly hollowed out in places. Stem resembles slightly opaque melted candle wax. Found growing solo.
Found on a fallen oak branch, with many other lichen species. Spores 7 - 10 µm, 8 per ascus.
Cap: elfin saddle, gray-brown-black
Tentative id. I mean it is lecanorine, right? Growing on artificial stone foundation of some kind.
Several mature specimens found frozen in soil. A little more tan on stem than usual.
Growing in rocky soil around buildings in the organic farm at TESC.
Ascomycota is a Division/Phylum of the kingdom Fungi that, together with the Basidiomycota, form the subkingdom Dikarya. Its members are commonly known as the sac fungi. They are the largest phylum of Fungi, with over 64,000 species. The defining feature of this fungal group is the "ascus" (from Greek: ἀσκός (askos), meaning "sac" or "wineskin"), a microscopic sexual structure in which nonmotile spores, called ascospores, are formed. However, some species of the Ascomycota are asexual, meaning...