|Amanita virosa - Destroying Angel|
Amanita virosa produces the same toxin as the Death Cap: this causes death by multiple organ failure within 72 hours. Something had chewed the right-hand side of the cap, destroying the symmetry of the image, but it will serve its purpose. Growing under Beech.
New to my species list (although I had seen destroyed specimens in previous years).
The next part of the foray was through mature mixed woodland, where many of the Conifers have been harvested, leaving plenty of open areas with some logs left behind to enhance the habitat. I spotted a couple of very fresh Russulas at the base of one of the stumps:
I had a great deal of trouble identifying this specimen when taking it through Geoff Kibby's excellent new key, with no decent match turning up. After a couple of days, however, I noticed that the stipe had developed a pink tinge at the base and that led me quite quickly to Russula velenovskyi. Key characters (in my specimen) are: blood-red cap with umbo, peeling 60%, cream gills and spores, mild taste and smell, pale pink suffusion to base of stipe. Habitat is said to be mixed woodland, and there were plenty of Beech trees nearby.
The next notable species was a bracket - which I hadn't seen before - on a dead deciduous branch:
|Crepidotus mollis: top and underside|
A couple of red waxcaps caught my eye: I noticed they had very sticky (viscid) caps:
Waxcaps are usually associated with grassland, but I find quite a few on bare soil under trees.
Many of the expected Ards fungi were not yet obvious, although I did spot a little patch of the exceedingly rare Phellodon melaleucus in its usual spot:
This has clearly just emerged, and is paler than the long-lived mature caps will be later in the year.
Ramaria stricta was also very fresh-looking: