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Lackmore Woods – 17th October 2010

Gordon giving tips on identification
Gordon giving tips on identification

On the 17th of October, Gordon Crutchfield led a group of 12 members of the Reading and District Natural History Society in Lackmore Woods on the annual Fungus Foray. Before even leaving the roadside, 4 species of fungi were found – cortinarius auroturbinatus, Collybia butyracea,  Lepiota mastoidea, and  Lycoperdon foetidum, the latter having a hole in the top where clouds of dust-like pores can be seen when released by rain falling on the fungi.  The woods after the previous day’s rain were fruitful for the fungi – many more varieties were found and identified by Gordon as he helped the group learn about identification pointers for some species and the effects of some of the more harmful on humans.

As we explored the various parts of the woods – beech, larch, brambles, etc. – a variety of fungi were found. Noone will forget that coprinus sp. have fibrous stems that can be torn apart longitudinally to reveal the ‘strings’ nor that the feel of the waxcap is somewhat like the feel of candlewax.

In addition to the fungi, one lone November moth was found clutching a twig, beautifully camouflaged in the, by then, darkening woods.

Amanita rubescens The Blusher
Amanita citrica False Death Cap
Lepiota mastoidea
Oudemansiella muscida Porcelain Fungus
Tricholoma terreum
Tricholoma sulphureum
Tricholomopsis playphylla
Clitocybe sp.
Laccaria laccata Deceiver
Laccaria amethystea Amethyst Deceiver
Collybia maculata Spotted Tough-shank
Collybia butyracea
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca False Chanterelle
Mycena rosea
Mycena sp.
Lactarius blennius Slimy Milk Cap
Lactarius turgis Ugly Milk Cap
Lacterius grietus Oak Milk Cap
Lactarius brittanicus
Lactarius subdulius
Russula nigricans Blackening Russula
Russula ochroleuca Common Yellow Russula
Russula fellea Geranium-scented Russula
Russula marii Beechwood Sickener
Cortinarius auroturbinatus
Cortinarius sp. several different
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim
Hebeloma crustuliniforme Poison Pie
Inocybe geophylla var. lilaceia
Psathyrella hydrophila
Crepidotus variabilis
Boletus edulis Cep or Penny Bun
Boletus badius Bay Boletus
Boletus subalpinus
Boletus pruinatus
Scillus grevilei Larch Bolete
Piptoporus betulinus Birch Polypore
Postea spipticus
Coriolus versicolor Turkey Tails
Bjerkandera adusta
Stereum hirsutum Hairy Stereum
Schizopora paradoxa
Lycoperdon foetidum
Calocera viscosa
Helvella crispa Common White Helvella
Xylaria hypoxylon Candle-snuff Fungus
Hypoxylon fragilforme
Hypoxylon fusium
Diatrype disciformis
Hypholom fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
Hygrocybe sp.
Daedaleopsis confragosa Blushing Bracket

Lycoperdon pyriforme
Lycoperdon pyriforme
Russula ochroleuca
Russula ochroleuca

Photos by Rob Stallard