01 October 2013

Fungi on stumps and trunks

An assortment of fungi seen in the last week growing on stumps and around the bases of tree trunks. 
Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa) is a common toadstool that grows in clusters at the base of living and dead trees.

Shaggy Scalycap

Alder Scalycap (Pholiota alnicola) is less common but may be found in wet woddland in association with Alder, Willows or Birch.

Alder Scalycap

Sticky Scalycap (Pholiota gummosa) occasionally turns up along forestry roads, usually growing on discarded fragments of timber (sometimes buried).

Sticky Scalycap

Two of the most common species that cluster on stumps and fallen branches are Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) and Sheathed Woodtuft (Kuehneromyces mutabilis).

Sulphur Tuft

Sheathed Woodtuft

Lastly, the unmistakable Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida), which is usually found on Beech - showing well  in Briton Ferry Woods this week.

Porcelain Fungus

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