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Observed: 7th December 2009 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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Several of these in a partial ring. Cannot really find anything in my fungi books that looks right (although I can find loads of pretty close things). In Oak / Hazel woodland.


Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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At first I thought these were

At first I thought these were Stropharia aurantiaca as these are now common on bark chippings (they used to be rare before people started making the chippings). However on closer inspection and given the habitat then this is unlikely and more likely is a clitocybe or similar. can you remember if they were really this bright red or could they have been a little duller than shown in the pictures. Also did you happen to smell them as many of the clitocybe's have distinctive smells.

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The colour

The colour seems pretty much as I remember them. Pictures were taken with flash (and with the colour temperature set to the camera's default setting for its own flash). Perhaps a bit brighter looking than in reality but I think the pictures give a fairly accurate impression.

The image showing the ring has been lightened on the computer so may make them slightly too bright compared to reality but the close us seems pretty accurate to my recollection. I will add an unenhanced version of that photo.

Didn't smell them, if they are still there this weekend I will have a go.

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Funnel Cap

I find that cold weather often changes the colour and shape of toadstools. I have seen the Parrot Waxcap green on one day and next day, after frost, it was pink. To me I am guessing your photograph shows Clitocybe gibba as it is in broadleaved woodland. I find Lepista flaccida is most common in conifer woods on acid soils. The habitat is not fully diagnostic. Smell does not help much between these two species but the former is sweet and has a hint of almond.

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I think C. gibba is a good

I think C. gibba is a good guess for these given the habitat, and visual clues, I've also found them in partial rings like this. I think fungi, in particular, are extremely difficult to identify from photos (as the texture, smell and taste all matter!) so I would rarely say I was 'as sure as I can be' about them!

Rob Coleman

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Lepista inversa (Tawny Funnel

Lepista inversa (Tawny Funnel Cap) a common fungi in hedgrows and a late season fruiter

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member