Gymnopilus junonius, Barnes Park, Sunderland

Gymnopilus junonius, Barnes Park, Sunderland

Observation - Gymnopilus junonius, Barnes Park, Sunderland - UK and Ireland. Description: Clusters of sulphur coloured mushrooms growing from grassland beneath small grove of Beech and Chestnut trees. Cap sizes ranged from 10-50mm (Coin size reference) and I believe these are all young specimens given presence of full veil / cortina; note that

Clusters of sulphur coloured mushrooms growing from grassland beneath small grove of Beech and Chestnut trees. Cap sizes ranged from 10-50mm (Coin size reference) and I believe these are all young specimens given presence of full veil / cortina; note that the cortina is also sulphur coloured (Photo 1). The noticeable feature about the caps is the presence of scales which are brown – reddish and blackened on some specimens. Cap and stems have split on several specimens. The stem is covered with reddish-brown scales and bulbous at the base; tapered within substrate (Compare Photo 7 & 11). When cut the stem was also noted as sulphur coloured. Evidence of yellow mycelial attachment to substrate (Photo 8) which appears to have woody debris in-situ. The gills are close, initially sulphur yellow, darkening with spores (Compare Photos 10,11) Spore print is cinnamon in colour (Photos 9-14). We would welcome advice on this observation.