Any idea what this is?

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Any idea what this is?

Post by DWOO » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:58 pm

Hello
My mum spotted this growing in my sister's garden. We just wondered if anyone might know what it is as we can't find any similar images on the internet. My mum says it's about 8 inches across.

We've no intention of eating it, will probably just leave it or pull it up but just wondered what it was as never seen one like this in a garden before!

Thank you for any suggestions :)
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Re: Any idea what this is?

Post by adampembs » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:41 pm

Welcome to UK Fungi.

This is something old and dried out, so not likely to look like any photos on the internet (bad idea btw)
Identifying is better done with a guidebook (yes, for some things books are still better) Start with spore colour, which narrows it down a lot, as most guide books separate fungi according to spore colour. A guide to taking a spore print is in the FAQs. They then separate fungi according to certain features, such as having a ring, a volva, or milk exuding from gills. Its a methodical process instead of looking at basically random images. Colour is of little benefit at the initial stage of narrowing fungi down to their groups.
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Re: Any idea what this is?

Post by DWOO » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:53 pm

Hi Adam and thank you for the welcome :D
Thanks also for the info and pointers, I'll let my mum and sister know!

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