Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!
Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
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There are other fungi that may look like this from above.
No sorry, they were quite low to the ground and I didn't want to disturb them.
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You will not harm the fungi as the spores are released in such large numbers,if you just remove one bracket and take a photo of the under surface it help's with identification as Martin has said.I carry a gardening foam kneeling mat with me when out as it stops you walking about with soggy wet cold knees and fits in a back pack,enables you to get right down to your subject and only a couple of quid to buy.
All noted, it's just that I like leaving things how I found them but if it does no harm then I'll try. Thanks Chris
and then replace it where it was afterwards. Usually it is not apparent that there is any difference and the spores will be shed as before (unless it is immature).
some people use a mirror to look under mushroom but need one with silver on top surface or you'll get other problems with extra reflections etc when trying to take the picture. this type of mirror is more difficult to find and easier to damage.
If i am going out to a good spot for fungi i will try to cut a segment out of the cap and fold it over the cap so that the stem and gills can be seen and most of the spores will still be released.
I'm very tempted by Trametes ochracea, its very like the illustration in Collins. I've never seen it myself so this is only a suggestion.
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