Here's where it was growing.
Here's what it looks like.
And here's my specimen.
The key to the Panellus species in Funga Nordica takes you to two species with whitish or buff fruit bodies: P. stipticus and P. mitis.
I've seen P. stipticus – the Bitter Oysterling – before, at Woods Mill (photos here). One of the features that Funga Nordica lists as separating the two is "gills abruptly delimited from the stem" in P. stipticus and "gills not abruptly delimited from the stem" in P. mitis. Well, I wouldn't say it jumps out at you exactly, but when you look at this photo I got of the underside of P. stipticus...
|Panellus stipticus - for comparison. Specimen from Woods Mill, as described in this blog post.|
... the gills do look like they terminate more abruptly at the stem – compared with my slightly blurry photograph of my current specimen, in the photograph above.
When you try peeling away the skin on the upper surface (the 'cuticle') of my specimen, it does this:
I think it's looking good for this being Elastic Oysterling Panellus mitis. But can anyone confirm?
I was hoping to confirm it has white spores, but I laid out my specimen to get a print and it's just dried up without dropping any spores. Boo.
For the record
Location: Rowland Wood (near the entrance gate)
Grid ref: TQ515147