Sunday, 10 July 2016
On Heyshott Common
Quick trip to Heyshott Common today produced this yellow Russula-type mushroom. It looked so much a part of this heathland scene I didn't want to pick it. So I just have a few photos to go on...
It had been raining heavily before we arrived and the cap was slightly slimy to the touch.
Beneath the yellow cap, the stipe and gills were a creamy-white.
There are a few different yellow Russula species which are typically yellow and white like this: Russula ochroleuca and Russula claroflava, for example. But the habitat here doesn't seem right for those species.
I'll have to admit defeat on this one and recognise I'll have to try harder if I want to identify Russulas to species.
I also passed by these rather diminutive earthballs. I picked one up to have a look at it and found it had no discernable stem – it's probably Common Earthball Scleroderma citrinum, but I think I'd have to look at the spores to be sure.
For the record
Date: 10 July 2016
Location: Heyshott Common
Grid ref: SU911194 (or thereabouts)