Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shaggy Scalycap


It has been a wonderful autumn for fungal forays around here. We found this fine cluster of shaggy scalycaps Pholiota squarrosa growing around the base of a moribund beech tree in the Bishop's Park in Bishop Auckland on Sunday.



The scales that cover the cap and stipe of this species are distinctive. It is supposed to taste of radishes. I'm content to take the field guide's word for that - it's not edible.

6 comments:

  1. I would like to find one of these, Phil. I'm planning to go out tomorrow to look for fungi again as I have a new tripod and have been practising with the mannual settings on my camera.
    Here's a little treat for you Phil: I found this New Zealand photographer on Flickr and he sent me some photographic tips. His fungi pictures are, I think, quite magical:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nzwild/sets/72157607467875279/

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  2. Nice mushrooms, quite strange. beautiful pictures i liked..

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  3. Excellent shots Phil. Really like the low down angles on these.

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  4. Those are great photos Emma. I always prefer photos of fungi taken under natural light

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  5. Greetings Dejemonos sorprender, fungi are truly fascinating organisms..

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  6. Hi Keith, the toad's eye view of a toadstool always makes it look more impressive!

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