|Field notes 23 October 1988|
1) found bacalors [sic] button on fallen tree.
2) Found purple and
yellowwhite toadstool on pine leaf litter.
3) Found toadstool with chunky stem and white gills.
4) found white toadstool under fern.
5) found brown toadstool under Fern.
6) found white toadstool with fishy smell. [crossed out?]
Someone must have coached me in the art of field observation, as I was clearly doing my best to record a range of identification features including substrate (what it was growing on) which is so critical in identifying fungi.
Only the first observation is identified to species: Bachelor's Buttons. Although, curiously, this isn't a common name which now features in the UK Species Inventory. Google indicates it has been in currency as another name for Black Bulgar Bulgaria inquinans - one of the Ascomycetes - so I imagine it must have been told to me by some knowledgeable forayer. And I remembered it, even though I couldn't spell it.
The arguments for and against common names are all here: They're memorable to the untrained ear. But they lack the precision of scientific names.
Looking back, there is some critical information missing from these field notes:
- Where was I?
- Who was I with? i.e. who was the determiner for those Bachelor's Buttons?
Any experienced mycologists care to hazard a guess as to what species (or genus) observations 2 to 6 might have been?