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Gymopilus junonius

Observed: 29th July 2011 By: New Forest WalkerNew Forest Walker’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Large orange fungi, approximately 10cm across, with rough cap. Underside had gills but I couldn't get a clear picture of it because it was so low growing.


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

    Likely ID
    Gymopilus junonius
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


parad1se's picture

This has a look of the

This has a look of the Weeping Widow, but it is very orange. Are these colour values true? By the way there is no reason to refrain from lifting a fruit body to examine the gills. It's just like picking an apple. It has no effect on the mycelium.

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I've added another couple of

I've added another couple of images of it taken a couple of days later. It is quite orange in colour - that's what first caught my eye. In the second image I've added I did try to lift the cap, which is very close to the ground, and get a picture, but my camera just kept focusing on the surrounding foliage. I'll try to get a better picture of it tomorrow morning if it's still there. I don't really like to pick them, not knowing whether they may be poisonous or not!

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Check if there is a ring on

Check if there is a ring on the stem. Is there likely to be buried wood there?

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By the way, no-one has ever

By the way, no-one has ever died from picking a mushroom, apart from a few Italians who keep falling off the Alps in an effort to do so. Eating them is a different matter. If you are concerned after lifting one just rinse your hands, although you are more likely to be affected by what a dog has done to it than anything intrinsic to the fungus.

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One more possibility to

One more possibility to consider would be Phaeolepiota aurea. Definitely need a good look underneath.

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Another two photos added

Thanks for your advice so far - I will have to be braver ;-)

In fact I was, I lifted the cap and took the first of the new photos, without damaging it past a little nick in the side that the second photo shows. I've added that because I noticed that as it's ageing it's starting to curl at the edges - I don't know whether that's significant.

As you'll see there is a definite ring around the stem. As to the question about wood, it's very possible. That particular area has quite a large number of old roots protruding in the grass where some trees have obviously been felled in the past. Although I can't see a root there, that's not to say there isn't one below the surface.

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Why is n't is just Gymnopilus

Why is n't is just Gymnopilus junonius or similar?

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Gymnopilus Junonius

That certainly looks most likely - thank you!

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Added three more photos

On the 9th August I found that someone had knocked this fungus over and so took the opportunity of photographing the underside. The last of the three photos shows the colouration of the grasses underneath the fungus. Reading the Wikipedia entry on Gymopilus junonius, it seems to fit with much of the description there.

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why don't you add that as the

why don't you add that as the ID so people can agree with you

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ID Changed

Thank you Miked, I have done so.