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Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, near local pond, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
This quite an odd fungus. It is called Rusty Porecrust (Phellinus ferruginosus), and is a rusty-brown or gingery coloured, velvety resupinate. It is common and widespread, and found growing in irregular blobs on fallen branches and logs of deciduous trees. November 2017, found on dead birch, local woods, Staffordshire, England.
I managed to capture at least one of these tiny, delicate Fairy Inkcap (Coprinus disseminatus) shrooms before they all dissolved into an inky black goo on the side of the rotting tree stump they had sprung from. It is amazing what can happen within a few days in the natural world: Fruiting; spore release; dissolving.... Continue Reading →
Candlesnuff Fungus Xylaria hypoxylon, on rotton tree stump, November 2017, local wood, Staffordshire, England.
Early stage Fairy Inkcap (Coprinus disseminatus), on rotting tree stump, October 2017, local wood, Staffordshire, England.