Thursday, 17 December 2020

Fantastic Fungi


Blue Roundhead toadstool
Blue Roundhead toadstool

While out working with the North Wirral Coastal Park volunteers at the Gunsite in early October, John McGaw came across a lovely blue 'toadstool'. 

Looking on the internet he thought it may well belong in the genus Stropharia, possibly S. caerulenta, the blue roundhead. 

He referred it to RECORD, who passed it to a fungus expert, who said `It is most likely to be a Blue Roundhead. It’s hard to be 100% sure without seeing the gills closely though. You are correct in thinking this is an unusual record for the area, I’ve had a look on our main database and there are only 8 records from our area'. So a most unusual and interesting sighting.


Collared Earthstar
Collared Earthstar 

A week later John found another unusual one nearby, Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex

It has been a good year for fungi. Has anyone found other unusual ones?


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