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Golden Bootleg (Phaeolepiota aurea)

Observed: 5th October 2012 By: Yazz2
side view
gills and ring
cross section
stem, ring and spores
spore print yellow brown
fungi in situ growing in fairy ring
colour - slightly brighter/orangier than my mustard camera bag
cap showing veil remnants
different stages of development
underside of an aged specimen
older specimens

Bright orange/yellow mushroom, growing amongst nettles under trees in a loose fairy ring. Cap up to 20 cm across. Gills pale orange/brownish. Flesh white. No bruising. Not hygrophanus. Spore print yellow brown. Stem very firm and heavy, enclosed by the veil. Powdery/soft all over. Cap smooth, stem has soft scales in rows up to the ring, underside of ring and top of stem smooth. Ring firm and persistent. Smell pleasant at first (fresh apricots) but turning unpleasant (especially the gills).
UPDATE 5 Oct: I've added an ID and photos, and updated the description after a second site visit
UPDATE 9 Oct: I met mycologist Patrick Harding at a fungal foray recently and emailed him the link to this page. He confirmed Golden Bootleg saying: "what a great find - amazing colour and a superb fairy ring. I have never seen the species. It is said to occur in disturbed sites - on nitrogenous soils in parks, gardens etc. The 2008 Checklist of the British Basidiomycota has it as rarely reported but widely distributed."
UPDATE 9 Oct: also confirmed by Andy McLay for Wildwatch North Pennines, and a possible first for County Durham


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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Armillaria interacts


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Good set of photo's showing all the features needed for an id ,hopefully on of the more experienced fungi people will see this and either agree or give an identification.


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Phaeolepiota aurea?

I posted this ispot page on twitter and a possible ID that has come back is phaeolepiota aurea. I took a spore print overnight which is yellow brown (will add photo later). This rules out armillaria (honey fungus - whitish). It also rules out cystoderma (powdercap - whitish) and kuehneromyces mutabilis (sheathed woodtuft - reddish brown).

I'm going to go back to the site later today to take photos. Meanwhile, here is a link sent to my by @bo_novak on twitter: http://www.mushroomthejournal.com/bestof/Paurea.html

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updated after revisiting site

I've been back to the site with my camera and added photos and a revised description