Group of funnel-shape capped fungi on stipes growing on dead-wood host (possibly Beech).
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Vinny; this is one where a second visit with equipment and field-guides in hand might settle the ID. I have seen both growing in proximity to the tree but it does seem very pale in colour for the Pleurotus. Kind regards
...Trooping Funnel as it is quite common in the New Forest which is near to where I live. In my experience it is not found growing from stumps like this - but rather in leaf litter or grass. Also, it has a more defined stem and does not grow in quite such dense clusters.
Another clue is the observation date - Pleurotus can be found from spring through autumn whereas C.geotropa appears in autumn.
Pleurotus cornucopiae can vary in appearance depending on age and environmental conditions (just search it on Google images and you'll see the variation!). I can't be 100% that this is P.cornucopiae as there are other species within the genus.
Thanks for taking the time to elaborate on the ID. From your experience, it does seem more likely to be Pleurotus. I shall let you know of any developments. Kind regards
How big are the individual fruit bodies?
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