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Monday, 18 April 2011

Bog Beacon

Monday Mushroom #15

Bog Beacon - Mitrula paludosa

Bog Beacon - Mitrula paludosa

I was really excited to find Bog Beacon growing in a ditch on the way to Benmore and Kilmun Paths Group meeting at Uig Hall tonight. I had never seen this species of fungus before, but recognised it instantly from having picked it many times while playing a computer game called Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. 

One of the really nice features of this game is detailed and fairly accurate models of many species of plant typical of temperate, northern hemisphere - many of the species are named and placed in appropriate habitats, so you can actually carry identifiaction skills gained in the game through to real life! 

Here is the Oblivion wiki page for Bog Beacon:

I will need to return to the ditch in better lighting conditions to get some better photos.

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