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Unknown 'finger' clump funghi

Observed: 18th November 2011 By: lorrainemx
'finger' funghi clump unknown
Description:

No idea what these are, despite searching books and internet inc. 'dead mens fingers.
There were numerous clumps breaking out from the moss covered bark at the base of a pine tree on one tree only in a wide area searched, plus a small clump on a nearby dead stump. No odour. None more advanced than ones shown. Clumps now eaten/broken down. No more around woods.

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

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Comments

Fenwickfield's picture

Armillaria

I am not sure on this but it may be a Armillaria,have no idea which but cannot think of anything else that it could be.

Fenwickfield

flaxton's picture

I think this is a good shout.

I think this is a good shout.

Jonathan's picture

I see that the photo was

I see that the photo was taken a few weeks ago. Any chance that you can go back to see what these developed in to? Probably decaying by now, but another photo would help. You can add it to this observation using the 'Edit' tab.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Martincito's picture

They certainly have a

They certainly have a distinctive shape don't they?! What about Pholiota maybe squarrosa?

lorrainemx's picture

'finger funghi'

Many thanks for comments. Much appreciated.

F & F - I've googled pics of Armillaria but with 'mine' cap doesn't look so mottled or dark as in viewed pics.

Jonathon - I returned to the exact spot a week later and only limited mushy decayed remains of dark brown stems left. No new funghi sprouted. You wouldn't notice anything if viewing for first time. I've searched vigourously about half a mile radius, plus other areas of woodlands but nothing similar old or new at base of same type trees. I go to the area at least once a week, (mix of pine and deciduous woodland), so will continue to check. Sorry for delay in uploading pic as trying to discover information and just discovered ispot!

Martincito - Pholiota googled pics look interesting and promising, but look more mottled and scaly, plus 'my fingers' showed no sign of opening with gills. I saw no cap open on any of them anywhere around the tree base.

lorrainemx

Jonathan's picture

We seem to have reached a

We seem to have reached a dead end with this one. I suggest that you try posting it to the US Site called Mushroom Observer:

http://mushroomobserver.org

If the experts there can give you a name, do come back here and tell us what it is, won't you, because there are lot of people here who would like to know.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

lorrainemx's picture

Will keep trying...

Thanks for website tip Jonathon. I've uploaded observation there (larger image size) - will let you know any suggestions.

I'm not normally a funghi collector/observer, just a camera club member taking photos for a club competition........ now I'm funghi obsessed!

Lorraine

lorrainemx

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unknown finger clump funghi

Jonathon

I've only received one comment from my uploaded observation on Mushroom observer , and that was for some type of Armillaria, though sender only 54% sure.

http://mushroomobserver.org/obs/84278?q=ALz6

So drawn a blank still - no further signs of anymore funghi of this type anywhere in woods. Will have to wait until next year perhaps - though I'm still persuing a couple of leads locally. Will let you know if anything is revealed!

lorrainemx

flaxton's picture

At least that ties in with

At least that ties in with the first suggestion here. Maybe next year.

Jonathan's picture

Great. Lets see if anything

Great. Lets see if anything emerges.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)