Hymenostilbe nutans

Hymenostilbe nutans

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cordyceps pseudomilitaris

Okay, I'm not 100% sure since we don't have a sequence to compare with the various sequences we already have for the Thai type material. But....

I measure discharged ascospores today and feel happy that Bhutan now has only the second record ever of Cordyceps pseudomilitaris.

Let's put that into perspective.

The type locality (in Thailand) is a small (see note below) national park less than 100 km north of Bangkok. This is the only part of Thailand (out of more than 50+ sites that we surveyed over 20 years) that this fungus has been found. In fact, it has only been found on a hill slope in an area of about 70 x 20 metres. And now we have it in Bhutan!

Small: To give some idea of how small this national park is..... I got lost one day and walked out the other side of the park. It was easier for me to walk around the circumference of the park than to try and go back across it. To quote Dudley Moore in Arthur: It's terribly small.... Rhode Island could beat the crap out of it in a war. THAT'S how small it is.