Sunday, 14 October 2012

October Fungi

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One of the bonuses of a wet summer and damp autumn is that fungi have been munching away at decaying matter and are now primed to produce spores to spread themselves around. Possibly a bit early for the main showing but here is a selection of fungi in the Reading area over the last few days. For a report on all that the group found please look here.

I am not confident about identification, so am keeping names to the minimum for the more obvious ones.



Is this Chicken of the Woods or a bracket fungus?


These are the woods I walked through, the best specimens are close to the old beeches.


One of the more striking fungi: Magpie Inkcap (Coprinopsis picacea).

Magpie Inkcap,Coprinopsis picacea

The most common one I saw - a little puffball under development - Lycoperdon perlatum.

fungi,puffball,Lycoperdon perlatum

Rosy bonnet (Mycena rosea)

Rosy bonnet,Mycena rosea

A tiny set of nodules on a dead branch, look just like blackberries.


An amethyst deceiver (Laccaria Amethystea)


A whole field of toadstools, very impressive display.


A Rassula atropurpurea and a yellow slug.


Stagshorn (Xylaria hypoxylon) starting to emerge - they should branch out soon.



Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare).


Everybody's favourite Fly Agaric

fungi,fly agaric

An Hevella crispa or Elfin Saddle

fungi,Hevella crispa,Elfin Saddle

A Blueing Bracket (Postia subcaesia) growing on old logs.

fungi,Blueing Bracket,Postia subcaesia

I think this is False Deathcap (Amanita citrina). We saw a 'real' Deathcap - the most poisonous fungus in Europe, but it was a miserable specimen, a slug had eaten it. What happened to the slug we did not discover.

Amanita citrina

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