Colourful brackets growing in circles on a dead Beech.
Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!
Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
No interactions present.
I would never have been able to identify this, as it does not appear in Roger Phillips' "Mushrooms." Is there a better reference?
It is in this book. There are a lot of species illustrated but not much guidance on how to distinguish them.
There are hundreds of books out there it depends on what you are looking for.
Phillips is a good book but "only" describes 900 or so species. Jordans Encyclopedia is also good but "only" describes 1000 or so. I am not sure how many the Collins book includes but have heard good reports. The problem with all of these is that they cannot include every know species and have to be selective.
The Fungi of Switzerland books, 6 so far, include many more of the British species but at £80 - £120 EACH. The new Funga Nordica has 2675 species a bargain at c£100. Then there are books purely on Mycena £90 Lactarius £50 Hygrocybe Hebeloma there is even one dedicated to fungi found on dung.
So each book you buy will add to the enjoyment but also the frustration (especially when the photos and descriptions in your books disagree).
Ps just checked Collins 1500 species
Thanks - I will get s copy.
I like the Collins guide, though it lacks any reference to microscopic characteristics. Also Michael Jordan's book which does.
They are both on Amazon
... and ...
Michael Jordan's book includes keys which are (usually) very useful in establishing which genus to consider for a given unknown mushroom.
Thanks again! I just like to know what it is I am looking at. A copy of the Collins Guide and also one of Jordan's book will come in handy to start with, without straining the budget a lot. I am trying to get the basic books for quite a few things.
Lat/Lng: 51.3691, 0.0179
OS grid ref: TQ405652