Fungus of the day

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gary
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Fungus of the day

Post by gary » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:21 am

I'm moving from West Wales to Devon and found these Hygrocybe conica (Blackening Waxcap) in my new lawn on Saturday !
If I believed in signs I'd think this was one!
A bit of frost over the weekend so caught them just in time.
Interesting to see them surrounded by Achillea
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Re: Fungus of the day

Post by Chris Yeates » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:38 pm

Not the most exotic of toadstools, though it's always pleasant to have one which can be named confidently in the field, thanks to its habitat and the distinctive silvery sheen on the stipes, which rubs of with age and handling.

This was photographed in an area not far from one which was clear felled around 2005. A visit to that site in November of that year saw a huge fruiting of this species. Conveniently the area formed a triangle, bounded by forest tracks; Google Earth provided measurements. I made a whole series of counts of fruitbodies within approximately 1 metre squares, scattered across the site. Finally those dim and distant school trigonometry lessons proved their worth! At every stage I erred on caution, but the astonishing total I came up with was circa 440,000 fruitbodies - a visit 3 years later yielded only a handful. . .
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Re: Fungus of the day

Post by Chris Johnson » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:53 pm

Nicely done.

Is there a reason for starting a new 'Fungus of the Day' thread?

Regards, Chris

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