Growing under a large rhododendron bush!
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They are such elegant sturdy fungi until they get a little wavy when they are older. There are loads of clusters in my local wood this year, many more than last year. It must be a funnel year!
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Agreed. This last week or so has been very fungal here in East Anglia. On a single walk round Christchurch Park here in Ipswich with my wife yesterday, we saw some big parasols, the remains of a cluster of oyster mushroom, several blewits, some cups, a big troop of yellow waxcaps, the clouded funnels and countless anonymous little brown funglets.
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A lovely walk then! The Blewits also appear very strong, healthy and plentiful here this year. Lucky you with Waxcaps - I only seem to see them on holiday. My 'LBJ's will now be 'LBF's. I'm sure I often discover species new to science because after hours of looking at books and the internet I still can't identify them!!
I guess part of the appeal of fungi is precisely the challenge of identifying them despite the frustration it so often causes. Actually, although there are a few Blewits about what I meant to say was Boletus. I haven't pinned down the precise ID yet but they have nicely patterned caps, yellow pores and red stems. Oh yes, and my attempt at getting a spore print led only to a brown splodge with a few maggots!
Oh dear, I find Boletes tricky but there are only the odd (very) specimen about now, our flush was a couple of months ago.
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