Hampshire Fungus Recording Group

Documenting the Fungi of Hampshire

Red Shoot

Sun 9 Oct 2022

Amanita gemmata
Amanita gemmata
Photo © Dave Shute

Field event ID HF2215

Report: As this was a public event, our group welcomed some additional visitors to this mixed woodland (mainly oak, birch and pine) site at Linwood, on another fine day.

We started up the path from the car park and soon discovered our first brittlegills with deep purple caps. Some of these were umbonate and proved to be Russula caerulea (Humpback Brittlegill) and others Russula sardonia (Primrose Brittlegill). Amongst some pine litter we found a troop of Mycena capilliaripes (Pinkedge Bonnet) and then a pine cone sporting Baeospra myosura (Conifercone Cap). Proving that not all fungi growing on pine cones are this species, we then found one with a fruit-body of Gymnopus erythropus (Redleg Toughshank).

Exploration of the adjacent pine woodland led to two nice finds; a large clump of photogenic Hypholoma lateritium (Brick Tuft) and an orange merulioid crust fungus, Leucogyrophana mollusca. There were also specimens of Boletus pruinatus (Matt Bolete) and Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (False Chanterelle).

Back on the main path, a piece of oak wood was found bearing a cluster of greyish bonnets with frilled edges to the caps. Though not identified in the field, these were possibly the find of the day, as they were subsequently identified as the rarely-recorded Mycena silvae-pristinae.

Other species noted on the tracksides included Suillus bovinus (Bovine Bolete), Lactarius chrysorrheus (Yellowdrop Milkcap), Amanita fulva (Tawny Grisette), Mycena epipterygia (Yellowleg Bonnet), Lycoperdon nigrescens (Dusky Puffball) and Boletus badius (Bay Bolete).

Just before we broke for lunch, another scarce species was discovered, Amanita gemmata (Jewelled Amanita), under pines. This attractive species, has a pale-yellow cap, usually retaining white, scaly veil remnants.

Afternoon finds included Clitocybe odora (Aniseed Funnel), Chalciporus piperatus (Peppery Bolete) and Russula aeruginea (Green Brittlegill). Finally, back at the car park, Pleurotus dryinus (Veiled Oyster) was found on oak.

Species recorded: Amanita citrina var. citrina, Amanita excelsa var. spissa, Amanita fulva, Amanita gemmata, Amanita muscaria var. muscaria, Amanita rubescens var. rubescens, Baeospora myosura, Boletus appendiculatus, Boletus badius, Boletus edulis, Boletus pruinatus, Bulgaria inquinans, Calocera viscosa, Chalciporus piperatus, Clitocybe odora, Fistulina hepatica, Fuscoporia ferrea, Gymnopus dryophilus, Hydnum repandum, Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca, Hymenochaete rubiginosa, Hypholoma fasciculare var. fasciculare, Hypholoma lateritium, Laccaria amethystina, Laccaria laccata, Lactarius chrysorrheus, Lactarius hepaticus, Lactarius quietus, Lactarius serifluus, Lactarius subumbonatus, Lactarius tabidus, Leucogyrophana mollusca, Lycoperdon nigrescens, Megacollybia platyphylla, Mycena capillaripes, Mycena epipterygia, Mycena silvae-pristinae, Paxillus involutus, Phaeolus schweinitzii, Pleurotus dryinus, Psilocybe liniformans, Psilocybe liniformans, Rhodocollybia butyracea, Rhodocollybia maculata, Rickenella fibula, Russula aeruginea, Russula atropurpurea, Russula betularum, Russula caerulea, Russula densifolia, Russula fragilis var. fragilis, Russula nigricans, Russula ochroleuca, Russula parazurea, Russula sardonia, Russula turci, Scleroderma citrinum, Suillus bovinus, Suillus luteus, Trametes versicolor, Tricholoma fulvum

A full species list with further details can be seen at the Fungal Records Database of Britain and Ireland (FRDBI). Please contact us if you need a user ID.