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Fungal Forage

Following the storm we’ve had some branches down, some blocking the access, but once cleared the glory of fungi has been revealed at Fromus Valley.  There is a new report from our botanical recorder Laurie Forsyth in the seasonal diary and this is from our Fungi expert Neil Mahler:

In the case of those lovely blue/green Stropharia species below, the differences between identical species is very small or you have cross-over characteristics such as short lived stem rings and white scaly remains on the cap and they never completely tally which is so frustrating.   Other books talk of one species having a ‘peppery smell’ and that is all down to conjecture.

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The above could be either Stropharia aeruginosa, S.caerulia or S.pseudocyanea.  Below are a snowy waxcap and a parrot waxcap (the remnant of green in the stalk is the I.D. key):

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These were very common in the pasture – Entoloma sericeum (Silky Pinkgill)  These are very dark when damp but turn silky and more pale when dry:

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These were on a log by the access track – Marasmius ramiellis:

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