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Small red fungi

Observed: 2nd November 2013 By: christine970Schristine970S’s reputation in Fungi and Lichens
Small red fungi
Small red fungi
Description:

Tiny fungi, 3mm max, slightly veined cap, pale yellow stalk, near a cherry tree but not under it. On its own. Have looked online but help needed please.

Identifications

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Amadan's picture

More details/shots

Of the gills and stem would help, as would nature (feel) of cap, spore print colour, and odour.

marksteer's picture

Thinking Waxcap as well but

Thinking Waxcap as well but very small specimen. Don't think it is Blackening Waxcap as usually conical even when young.
Possibly Goblet Waxcap H.cantharellus.
Have been on 2 walks recently with Mycologists and lots of Waxcaps but I'm still confused!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

marksteer's picture

Not so sure Mycena acicula -

Not so sure Mycena acicula - Collins - in deciduous woodland - this in grassland

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Fenwickfield's picture

tree

It can be found near tree's and it was next to a cherry tree.I may well be wrong but it looks more like a mycena.I have the book Hygrocybe genus and it is not a waxcap but I can see why you thought that because of the bright coloured cap.

Fenwickfield

marksteer's picture

OK still much to learn! 'The

OK still much to learn! 'The more I know the more I realise I don't know' !!!
Waxcaps - I think about 65 species in UK? But now with DNA maybe 95!!!!
Stackpole - they have H. calciphila RED list protected species - one of the few fungi protected.

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

Amadan's picture

There are pictures

Of Orange Bonnet on the web which are as red as this, I discover. Looking at the length of the stem in particular, I think Fenwickfield has the right of it here!

christine970S's picture

Thank you all for the

Thank you all for the information on ID, As new to fungi, I Need the best book to start with identification as I think this is a massively in depth field of expertise, bitten by a bug you couldn't put on ispot.

Fenwickfield's picture

Books

I use The Encyclopaedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe by Michael Jordan plus Mushrooms by Roger Phillips which are both under £20 to by off Amazon. I also have a few specialised books on genus only which are much more expensive £45 upwards to just over £100 pounds but that is for when you become very obsessed.
The main points when starting out are to get a good close up of the gills stem and cap it is worth reading the introduction in Jordan's book as he explains what key features are needed for an identification and explains what certain terms mean.
I hope you enjoy your new hobby it is a fascinating subject.

Fenwickfield

Amadan's picture

Books

There are some good ones out there - if you filter observations by Fungi, or look at the Fungi forum page, you'll find several mentioned.
The Rogers Mushrooms site has a good selection (though as I discover, with some gaps!). It also has a couple of easy and visual keys. I find that they can easily mislead you, but it's fun trying.
iSpot has several really good fungi-fanatics, and I am repeatedly impressed by how they tease out the key factors, as with this posting.
It's all in the detail - as noted above and in other posts of fungi. And it is all a bit addictive!

marksteer's picture

Roger Phillips is good to

Roger Phillips is good to start with but a bit old with scientific names (they seem to change often!) Collins, Sterry and Hughes is good. When you want to go further Geffrey Kibby has some very good books on specific Genera. I have 'British Boletes'
Have tried website 'Mycokey' but struggling with it but recommended by some Mycologists.
Addictive - OCD for me!

The more I know the more I realise I don't know

christine970S's picture

Thank you again, the

Thank you again, the community spirit is enjoyable too. Noted on the books, excellent.
Simon, (not Christine, made that mistakes with the name. It refers to what I call my Land Rover!! She bites.) it can be confusing, may have to change.