Fungus on rotting hay bale

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Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful.
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Ernesto
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Fungus on rotting hay bale

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I saw these yesterday growing on a heap of rotting hay from an old discarded bale. Any guidance would be very welcome.
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Re: Fungus on rotting hay bale

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Agrocybe comes to mind. - Several Agrocybe species (molesta, praecox, etc,) grow amongst grasses, although directly on a hay bale would seem unusual!

However, I can’t see any evidence of a ring, and these look quite small.

(A note to everyone posting ID requests!!! - Always state the size of the fruitbodies, as it’s often difficult to estimate with any confidence from photos alone).

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Re: Fungus on rotting hay bale

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Thanks Mike. The cap that I brought home was under glass in the hope of a SP (unsuccessful). And so was out of mind. Apologies. Cap dia 4.5 cm.

Yes, it was the unusual substrate that first caught my attention. There were also some Panaeolus and Psathyrella about in the mix
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