During late Summer and Autumn there are many fungi, some quite spectacular, to be found in the wood. The fungi below have their Latin name after their common name if one exists. They are listed in no particular order.
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Coral Spot, Nectria cinnabarina is a very common fungus. This image shows the raspberry-like fruiting bodies.
Yellow Brain, Tremella mesenterica parasitises Peniophora fungi.
This specimen of Lepiota fuscovinacea when found was only the third record for Yorkshire. ©Alan Braddock (MYFG).
Grey Coral Fungus, Clavulina cinerea. It doesn’t look it, but it is edible!
Dryad’s Saddle, Polyporous squamosus can grow up to 1 metre across.
Glistening Inkcap, Coprinus micaceus.
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria. This member of the Amanita group of fungi is an unmistakable and very common fungus. As the cap expands the scales, or warts, become more widely spaced although they can be washed off by rain leaving the cap smooth with faded colour.
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria. It gets its name as it was used as an insecticide to stupefy flies by crumbling the cap into milk. Although classed as poisonous it has been used as an intoxicant and hallucinogen.
Freckled Dapperling, Cystolepiota aspera is a member of the Parasol family and is unusual in that the ring forms a semi-transparent, cottony veil between the stem and the cap.
Field Bird’s Nest, Cyathus olla
Yellow Stagshorn fungus, Calocera viscosa
Candle Snuff, or Stag’s Horn fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon is very common.
Woolly Milkcap, Lactarius torminosus. This uncommon fungus grows in damp acidic conditions, under birch.
Stinkhorn, Phallus impudicus. This fungus is nearly always smelt before it is seen.
This one is either the Scarlet Elfcup, Sarcoscypha austriaca, or the Ruby Elfcup, Sarcoscypha coccinea. Confirmation requires examination by microscope
Shaggy Scalycap, Pholiota squarrosa.
Sulphur Tuft, Hypholoma fasciculare is very common