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Waxcap

Observed: 29th September 2012 By: pen-y-bont_mikepen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Fungi and Lichenspen-y-bont_mike’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
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Description:

There were a few small groups of similar specimens growing nearby including this one http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/297593

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

miked's picture

I see there are a bunch of

I see there are a bunch of your fungi that have not yet been identified. This is not because we have not looked at them, rather they are tricky and perhaps need more clues such as underside of cap and stem but even then some of them are not easy and may need to look at spores.
One other thing, i wonder if some of them have been affected by frost as this can change the appearance.

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Unidentified fungi.

Thanks for your comment. I do appreciate how difficult accurate or even family id can be and accept that many of my submissions will not be resolved.

I do my best to provide photos of the undersides and stems where possible but am loathe to damage any specimens when there are only a few examples in the immediate vicinity not least because I don't really know what I am doing and the best way to pick/handle fungi. I would rather not know what something is than risk causing unwarranted damage.

I have considered taking spore prints and have read bits and pieces about how to do it but would need to do more research about methods of collecting and getting the prints before I would be happy to try it. Don't hold your breath!

miked's picture

If you are very keen on not

If you are very keen on not damaging the specimen then you can use a mirror to photograph the gills but make sure its a front silvered one rather than the usual back silvered.