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Which funghi is this?

Observed: 26th January 2012 By: stevenelawsonstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Single funghi found growing from trunk of fallen tree in mixed woodland of beech, elm and sycamore. The log it was on was, I think, elm - though it was hard to determine because of the degree of decay.
The woodland is at Loch Libo nature reserve in East Renfrewshire.
The funghi has a viscid cap with faint striations at the edges, which are slightly wavy.
The cap was marginally convex, with a bright yellow outer darkening toward the centre.
The funghi was only around an inch across.
The stipe was cylindrical and markedly darker than the cap or gills, which are shown in the second picture as being a dark creamy colour, I think free or adnate and quite distant and of differing lengths.
There is no ring on the stipe, nor a volva at the base.
I'm very new to mycology so I'd be thrilled if someone can help me identify this.


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stevenelawson's picture

Your identification

Many thanks for your suggestion of Velvet Shank. I had considered that as a possible ID but the bright yellow of the one I found didn't seem to match the colouration - a duller brown - of all the other images of Velvet Shank I could find.
Is it the case that Velvet Shank starts out brightly coloured then darkens?
If so, my specimen is obviously a nipper!

Fenwickfield's picture

never the same

A lot of fungi can differ a lot at different stages of it's life cycle also weather can play a great part too.Once you spot and id a fungi try and look out for it at different stages as it help's you with future observations,have a scroll along the carousel below and notice the variations.


stevenelawson's picture

re never the same

Will do, thanks for your help and advice Sheila - I'm new to mycology and find it absolutely fascinating. Maybe I'm weird, but I find a lot of fungi quite beautiful!

flaxton's picture

The chances of an id are much

The chances of an id are much better when we get in-focus photos of top and bottom of the fungus and have a good description. Well done on both counts.