Arrhenia chlorocyanea 'verdigris navel'

 

 

 

These superb images of a rare fungus called Arrhenia chlorocyanea (verdigris navel) were taken by Karen Woolley who found about 14 or so fruit bodies growing among the sand dunes at Studland on leap years day 29/2/16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This species prefers sandy soils and heathland, and the Studland area is the perfect environment. There are only 13 records for the whole UK.

It has never been officially recorded in Dorset, but has been photographed in the same area before.