In no particular order:
Gymnopilus penetrans is a decomposer of coniferous wood: the central specimen is shown still attached to its substrate:
|Gymnoplius penetrans on coniferous debris|
Waxcaps are very colourful fungi that are mostly found in grassland, although one or two favour the edges of paths or verges. This is Hygrocybe conica - the Blackening Waxcap. It starts off bright red, fades to yellow and then turns black as it matures:
|Blackening Waxcap in the early stages|
Hygrocybe pratensis is one of the larger Waxcaps. I like the fine detail on its gills:
|Gills of Hygrocybe pratensis|
Another new species of Waxcap for me: Hygrocybe reidii - the Honey Waxcap - smells strongly of honey, especially at the base of the stipe (stem).
|Hygrocybe reidii - Honey Waxcap|
This small but distinctive species glories in the longest name of any in my species list - Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina:
|Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina|
Russulas are another colourful family. They are characterised by bright caps, white chalky stipe and very brittle gills and flesh. Russula ochroleuca is one of the most common species, found under broadleaf trees and conifers:
This one took a little more time to identify, but I just got my copy of Geoffrey Kibby's excellent new monograph on Russulas and it keys out to Russula sardonia:
I hasten to point out that the tasting of fungi has to be done with some guidance: tasting the gills of e.g. Death Cap could have fatal consequences.
New to my species list.
Sulphur Tuft must be one of the most common species: I find clusters of it on every trip I make at this time of year:
The archetypal mushroom as depicted in countless fairy tales is Amanita muscaria - Fly Agaric:
The Cantharellus family has some of the most delicious mushrooms, including the Chanterelle - one of my favourites. This is the closely-related Cantharellus infundibuliformis:
|Cantharellus infundibuliformis - Girolle|
And the Horn of Plenty is another delicious member of the same family:
|Horn of Plenty|
Earlier on, I mentioned tasting the milk of Lactarius species. they get their name from the 'milk' which exudes from the gills when the flesh is cut. The colour and taste of the milk is an important factor in making an identification. The appearance of this one, allied with the milk, which slowly develops a bitter and slightly hot taste leads me to Lactarius chrysorrheus, which is an Oak associate:
I rarely give specific names to Mycenas: I'm still waiting for a monograph to be published. but I'm happy that this one is Mycena galericulata. It grows on dead wood and stumps, and has a very springy stipe which is difficult to break:
|Mycena galericulata with flash|
|Mycena galericulata in natural light|
Turkey Tails are another decomposer of dead wood. They can be seen in tiers along dead branches and stumps. Colour can be very variable:
|Turkey Tails on dead branch|
Finally for today, a shot of Candle Snuff fungus - Xylaria hypoxylon:
|Candle Snuff fungus|
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