Identification please

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Identification please

Post by AnnaK » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:04 pm

Firstly, let me apologise for not doing ...
"Please try to include photos to show all parts of the fungus, eg top, stem, and gills.
Note any smells, and associated trees or plants (eg oak, birch). A spore print can be very useful."

I was just out for a walk on Saturday and saw this and wondered what it was ...

What I can say is that I was on a west facing hillside along the side of a field in Cambridgeshire. There were several of them, up to 8 inches tall, The picture is of one of the most magnificent

Can anyone ID it for me? Thanks, Anna
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Re: Identification please

Post by adampembs » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:16 pm

It's a young Horsetail, a very ancient family of plants. I'll move this t the plants section later.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum
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Re: Identification please

Post by Chris Yeates » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:53 pm

Welcome to UKFungi Anna
This is one of the horsetails which has separate fertile and vegetative (photosynthetic) stems. I think this could well be Equisetum telmateia, Great Horsetail; a rather splendid plant in full growth - worth a visit later in the year. See:
http://www.freenatureimages.eu/plants/F ... index.html

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Re: Identification please

Post by AnnaK » Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:28 pm

Ah so not a fungus at all then. Thanks for identifying it :D

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