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Can anyone help with this please?

Observed: 8th November 2012 By: stevenelawsonstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichensstevenelawson’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens

Found under beech. Note the fine, black fibres on the cap, the bulbous stem with strong fibrous texture. Spore print was white/pale cream.


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miked's picture

The top of cap looks very

The top of cap looks very much like honey fungus but the gills and stem are a bit confusing.

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@ miked

Glad it's not just me, then.
I immediately thought Honey Fungus when I saw the cap but the club-shaped stem has had me baffled all day and I can't find a complete match in Phillips or my Collins guide.
You can see in one of the pictures that there's another one close to 'my' one, and that, too, has the black fibres on the cap.

D.M.H.'s picture

Might be better as just

Might be better as just Armillaria cap fibrils don't usually occur on A.gallica

All given ID's are subject to error/ommissions. Please seek independent verification before acting on ANY advice given. BE SAFE =)

stevenelawson's picture

To add a little more doubt

To add a little more doubt into the equation, my Collins guide clearly identifies Bulbous Honey Fungus (Armillaria gallica) as having dark tips to the scales on the cap and a bulbous stem, while my Phillips guide doesn't even mention A.gallica but does show several pictures of A.ostoyae - Dark Honey Fungus - one of which, a young specimen, clearly has a bulbous stem!
So, to conclude, I think I'm going to take your advice and just enter this one in my journal as Armillaria.
Thanks for all your input gents,