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Mushrooms growing on Beech

Observed: 13th January 2012 By: MartincitoMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and LichensMartincito’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Mushrooms on Beech

Group of large golden-brown mushrooms growing at base of a beech tree. Caps up to 14 cm across, scaly, flat with some splits towards down-turned margin revealing white flesh, some specimens darker brown and dirty-looking. Gills dark-brown/yellow-brown and dirty-looking, look eaten in places, adnate/decurrent. Stem 7 cm long, 1.5 cm diameter, maybe tapering a little towards base, beige, a bit darker at top with fibres visible down to a ragged ring zone then covered with large, well-spaced curved dark scales. Spore print rust brown. Spores oval 6.5-7.5 x 4-4.5, brown in Melzer's, smooth, germ pore visible in some.


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I'd forgotten how close my

I'd forgotten how close my comments were to the ones I made when I posted this!

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past there best

All I can think of is that the gills are starting to decompose so maybe look as if they are decurrent in some photo's.I would have gone with your suggestion of P.squarrosa as I have some that came up at the base of an Ash and looked the same as your's when deterioration took place.I think that this is the problem unless there pristine samples like in the text book's, they are much harder to id so we need examples of the fungi at all stages of growth.