Porcelain Fungus Oudemansiella mucida


Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)
Discovered in local wood. 8th October 2016. © Peter Hillman
Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)
Discovered in local wood. 8th October 2016. © Peter Hillman

This is one of the great attractions of Beech woods in the autumn. The cap is slimy and translucent, giving the impression it is made out of porcelain. It is white or ivory in colour, greyish when young. The gills are white, and the slender stem has a prominent ring.

Common and widespread throughout Britain.


Size
Cap 2-8 cm in diameter
Stem up to 8 cm tall, 3-7 mm in diameter

When to see it
July to October.

Where to see it
On groups or clusters on dead or dying broadleaved trees, especially Beech.

Other names
Poached Egg Fungus

Class
Agaricomycetes

Order
Agaricales (Gilled mushrooms)

Family
Physalacriaceae


More photos

Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)
Discovered in local wood.
8th October 2016. © Peter Hillman