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Tuft fungus.

Observed: 21st January 2012 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensmoremoth’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Tuft fungus.
Tuft fungus.  One piece.
Description:

Buff-coloured tuft fungus.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

martinjohnbishop's picture

Was this growing on wood?

You say growing in a grove of yews, but it is unclear if on soil or on wood.
If on soil, it might be Psathyrella multipedata (the clumps would be arising from a common base). [The dark brown spore print and white-edged gills agree.]

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P. multipedata

It was on soil about a foot from the base of a Yew; I thought it might be growing from wood just under the surface. Psathyrella multipedata seems to fit pretty well except that the books say it lives in open deciduous woods in summer to autumn, not dark Yew groves in winter. But this is an odd year. It was quite brittle and fell to pieces when I tried to cross-section it with a sharp knife, which might also be right for P. multipedata judging from the common name Clustered Brittlestem.

Bill Welch