Velvet Shank

Warren Glen is a challenge to walk as are most places at the moment, so I was pleased to find these fungi on the western side where there is a small patch of burnt gorse on Monday. Velvet shank, or Flammulina velutipes, can be found in late autumn through to spring and is said to favour dead gorse and elm (Marcel Bon). Fortunately this seems to be one of the few species of fungi that one can identify with some certainty without resorting to spore prints and a microscope. I particularly like the three in the hollow of the gorse stem.

 

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