Winter fungus

29th January 2010, Friday

This website rarely features fungi, so here is a particularly beautiful cluster of what I believe is Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes). These have been growing on the upturned stump of one of the long-dead elms between Rye’s Cricket Salts and the river, felled by last autumn’s gales. I sawed up this stump on 12th December and brought it back to my garage to store for firewood, and was surprised to discover these fungi growing on it in dark “lab conditions” last week, the blushing apricot of the smooth caps contrasting vividly with the rich brown of the velvety stems. Unfortunately, their beauty is very transient and the fungi are already dying with the remains of the elm from which they grew. (Click on photo to see it better)