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Identification please

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:04 pm
by AnnaK
Firstly, let me apologise for not doing ...
"Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful."

I was just out for a walk on Saturday and saw this and wondered what it was ...

What I can say is that I was on a west facing hillside along the side of a field in Cambridgeshire. There were several of them, up to 8 inches tall, The picture is of one of the most magnificent

Can anyone ID it for me? Thanks, Anna
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Re: Identification please

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:16 pm
by adampembs
It's a young Horsetail, a very ancient family of plants. I'll move this t the plants section later.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum

Re: Identification please

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:53 pm
by Chris Yeates
Welcome to UKFungi Anna
This is one of the horsetails which has separate fertile and vegetative (photosynthetic) stems. I think this could well be Equisetum telmateia, Great Horsetail; a rather splendid plant in full growth - worth a visit later in the year. See:
http://www.freenatureimages.eu/plants/F ... index.html

best wishes
Chris

Re: Identification please

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:28 pm
by AnnaK
Ah so not a fungus at all then. Thanks for identifying it :D