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Byssonectria fusispora

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 April 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Byssonectria fusispora (Klein oranje zandschijfje) is a species of apothecial fungus belonging to the family Pyronemataceae.

The species is known to grow in spots with high concentration of nitrogen where deer or other animals urinate. It is bright orange and its minute fruiting bodies (about 1 mm in diameter) are densely gregarious. It grows over moss, old arbutus leaves, needles, and over the soil.

In the area where I took this image, the heathland is managed with sheep. At several places where those sheep urinated, the moss is decolored orange and covered with those bright fungi forming bright orange spots in the green moss-carpet. A very strange effect but a wonderfull ecology.

Image: Kessel (BE) - 28/01/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/30 second F/13.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

how interesting !!

12 Apr 2011 7:59am

Canon EOS 400D
1/30 second
ISO 200
150 mm