Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Drumboe fungi

Drumboe is that rarest of things...an urban ancient woodland. Native trees 200 years old rub shoulders with introduced species of all kinds on the banks of the river Finn a mere 100 metres away from a bustling town centre. It's a little more 'managed' than I'd like, but it's still a wonderful place to visit for fungi at this time of year.

This young Fly Agaric - Amanita muscaria - has only just surfaced, and already it has been nibbled:

The remains of a Stinkhorn - Phallus impudicus - after the dark brown spore mass has been removed by flies:

An Earthball - Scleroderma citrinum:

Mycena pura, which smells 'raphanoid' - strongly of raw potatoes or radishes:

A single specimen of Chanterelle - Cantharellus cibarius - was confirmed immediately by the appearance of the thick, forked, gills:

Sadly, a single specimen isn't enough to eat, but the perfume now lingers in my study.

At first I thought these might be Jelly Baby - Leotia lubrica - but the stipe is wide and creamy-opaque (see top specimen). So they will go down as Cortinarius sp.

A batch of Honey Fungus - Armillaria mellea - suggests buried dead wood at this spot.

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