Friday, September 30, 2016

Early autumn fungi

This has been one of the best early autumns for toadstools hereabouts for quite a few years. Here's the tally so far - some of which I've yet to identify and some of which I'm still not sure about

I think these are probably the grey spotted amanita, Amanita excelsa, growing under a beech tree in Wolsingham, Weardale

From the pinkish hue, this looks like the blusher Amanita rubescens. Amongst ants' nests under hawthorns in Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland.

Three Russula species, all at Wolsingham in Weardale. Slugs seem very partial to these. I think the red one, growing under pines, is probably the bloody brittlegill Russula sanguinaria. The mauve one, growing under a beech, could be the fragile brittlegill Russula fragilis.

Shaggy parasols Chlorophyllum rhacodes under ash trees in a pasture at Wolsingham, Weardale

Saffron milkcap Lactarius deliciosus.
Edge of a Scots pine plantation, Wolsingham, Weardale.
Thanks to miked at iSpot for ID

Beefsteak fungus Fistulina hepatica on an old sweet chestnut in Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland

Chicken-of-the-woods Laetiporus sulphureus on old sweet chestnut, Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland

I think this one, which must have been magnificent when it was in its prime, is giant polypore Meripileus giganteus. On dead ash, Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland

Dune brittlestem Psathyrella ammophila growing amongst marram grass in dunes at Budle bay, Northumberland coast

Ergot Claviceps purpurea, in grassland near Durham city

Giant polypore Meripileus giganteus, Auckland park, Bishop Auckland

Parasol Macrolepiota procera. Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland

Southern bracket Ganoderma australe on rotting beech, Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland.

Indigo pinkgill Entoloma chalybaeum. In turf on old quarry spoil heaps, Frosterley, Weardale

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