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Silky Rosegills (probably) 4m up an ash tree

Observed: 19th July 2012 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in Fungi and LichensChalkie’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
DSC00382 4m up an ash tree 10cm cap

White cap, slightly furry texture, brown (or pink perhaps) gills (free), narrow stipe, cap about 10cm diameter. Looks 'mushroom-ish' in colouration, but stipe very narrow in proportion to cap - and growing directly out of an ash trunk. Appears to have distinct volva, but no visible ring or veil. I've flicked through Phillips and Sterry/Hughes and can't find it.


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Chalkie's picture

added a couple more photos

Thank you - that gave me somewhere to start from! I looked at Pluteus, but they didn't seem to be very likely on standing trees - however, on the same page I found Silky Rosegill, Volvariella bombycina, which looks quite possible - maybe the gills are pink rather than brown (hard to tell from 4m away) and the cap texture does look very similar to the photo in Sterry and Hughes. And although both Phillips and S&H mention decayed wood, the latter also mentions standing trunks. I'll edit the gill colour to pink I think.

jhn7's picture

From Flaxton's post

I saw your link and I think you are correct see
which mentions wounds and knot holes in living trees. Note the top of the sack on the lower photo - like yours.
Amazing to see 2 of these rare fungi so close together!

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Just looked

Good photo of Leif Goodwins site just had a look and I would agree on your identification.I think it will take a couple of more agreements to override my id as I cannot remove it.



Chalkie's picture

I'm thrilled!

I hadn't noticed that it said it was uncommon/rare when I put in Silky Rosegill, or I might not have done it. But the more I look, the more convinced I am. I'd thought the bit on top of the cap was an old shrivelled one, but I think you're right, it's the remains of a bit of the sac. Nice to have found something unusual - and curious that two were put onto ispot so close together. Something positive about all this rain anyway.

And thanks for the Pluteus suggestion as a lead.

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County Recorder

It may be worth contacting your County Recorder. I had a quick search and there is an address here
they would be interested I'm sure.

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Chalkie's picture

thank you

That's helpful. (I think I may have to start going on some local fungal forays to get more familiar with the common species too.)