12 January 2009

Some winter fungi

Many fungi produce their fruiting bodies primarily in the winter and not necessarily in the places one would expect.

20081215 BHW Cpt 7a Hygrocybe pratensis 27

The toadstools above are meadow waxcaps (Hygrocybe pratensis) found growing in a quite shady area of ancient woodland - wrong time and wrong place, but this species is sometimes found in these situations late in the year.

Not far away I found a couple of large brackets of Dyer's mazegill (Phaeolus schweinitzii), a species that grows on conifers - in this instance on a living larch tree.

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