Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

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Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Bob Hazell » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:38 pm

This fungus is growing besides the entrance road into Draycote Water, Rugby. It is in an area of grass which is regularly mown and beneath a Red Oak. The cap is beige and about 4cms across. It is heavily and irregularly grooved, slightly umbonate but smooth in the centre. The gills are white. The stipe is about 10cms and white but more beige towards the bottom. Any identification suggestions would be very welcome.
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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:45 pm

Hi Bob,

It has the general looks of Entoloma conferendum - (Star Pinkgill), other than the stipe doesn't appear to be obviously (longitudinally) striate?

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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Bob Hazell » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:17 pm

Thanks Mike. In the attached photo I have applied highlights particularly to the stipe. The photo was taken in sunlight which can have a tendency to burn out detail. I think the "revised" image gives a hint of longitudinal striate but I may be kidding myself.
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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Chris Yeates » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:30 pm

Xerula radicata
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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Bob Hazell » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:39 pm

Thanks Chris. Am totally out my depth but reassured to know that the experts can differ with their opinions. As always many thanks to both you and Mike for your assistance.

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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Chris Yeates » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:01 pm

That shiny wrinkled cap is the giveaway - if you dug down you would have found the long "root" though that would have been rather destructive and unnecessary. Compare your find with https://www.first-nature.com/fungi/xerula-radicata.php.
Similar wrinkled caps occur with some Pluteus species, but they are always much more obviously growing on wood, have pink spores and free gills.
Chris

PS I don't consider myself an expert, I've only been studying fungi for 35 years . . .
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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Bob Hazell » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:16 pm

Thanks for the link Chris. Good to see almost identical images. Thanks also for the further hints and guidance.

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Re: Another unidentified fungus from Draycote Water

Post by Lancashire Lad » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:27 pm

Chris Yeates wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Xerula radicata cheers Chris
Doh! - I knew there was something that didn't quite ring true, but it was only the lack of a striate stipe that was concerning me. :oops:

Xerula radicata is one that I've not yet found in my neck of the woods.

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