Small frondy fungus, brown with pale tips growing in bracken stalk.
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This is most likely to be Thelephora terrestris I would think from reading, and comparing your pic with Collins fungi guide.
Thanks for response. I've seen terrestris and this was much smaller and softer. Much closer to the description of penicillata. The photos of the latter in Philips and Jordan show it much paler, but the description says purplish brown. Oddly, this one is not included on the current BMS list.
The picture is showing the fungi at 5 cm across? Or smaller, am a little confused, what sort of habitat was it growing in? Not great trying to id from a drawing from this book. The encyclopedia of fungi has a photo that looks similar though yours shows alot more detail. Maybe its younger than the others. I need more books. I hope I have been some help though I am a little stumped
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