I'd go for common funnel cap but the reddish/purple stem doesn't seem right for that.
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Do you have a rough idea on size plus habitat what type of tree's if any or grassland
has some resemblance to tricholomopsis rutilans with that colour and texture cap and stem, gills are a bit white for this species though.
Hi Fenwickfield, apologies for the delay in answering, been at the hospital all day. As to size, I think the cap was around 4ins across maximum. I should have photographed it next to something which would give scale, something I'll start doing from now on (or at least recording the size in a notebook). I'm afraid I can't recall much about the immediate habitat other than to say it was in Whinlatter forest in the Lake District - I took dozens of pictures that day of many different fungi.
Thanks for the Plums and Custard suggestion - I had wondered about that myself and I did find another Tricholomopsis rutilans elsewhere in the same forest. Is it possible that it is a young example and therefore the gills have not yet attained the yellowish tinge of older examples? The cap and stem colour certainly look right for it.
I have a few bit's I always carry in my coat pocket small plastic ruler,note pad small one,pencil as pen runs out or smudges when it start raining,pen knife.I write for habitat the type of trees if you don't know your tree's even conifer or deciduous helps,if its in a field or next to a wood soil type my area is all clay and acid.I hope I am not bombarding you with information but it all helps and makes it much easier for you to narrow down what you have found,Sorry I cannot help on this one.
Could it be Tricholoma stans: Largish fleshy agaric, reddish-brown spotted, slightly greasy cap (was it greasy) & whitish gills, solitary or small groups. Stem reddish-brown.
Only problem loc. is limited to Scottish Highlands & mountain areas ot Eur. ( Surely the Lakes would be classed as montane? )
I sometimes wonder with the books as I have found a few fungi recently which say restricted to Scottish Highlands ect.I personally wonder if its just that not enough people are out there recording fungi.
You may well be right with Tricholoma stans - the cap and gills certainly look right, but I'm not sure about the stem. Most of the ones I've seen are nowhere near as red as the one in my photo. I'd have thought the Lakes certainly counts as 'montane' though - the walk through the Whinlatter forest certainly had me huffing and puffing!
I've not seen Tricholoma stans however images of it suggest that the texture of cap and stem is different and the gills are less crowded and stem thicker.
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