Sunday, 13 August 2017
Horton Wood again
I saw this big, boxy mushroom in Horton Wood on Saturday. There were a few of them scattered around.
I broke off a section of the cap and crushed it between my fingers, to see if I could detect any smell. I thought I got a hint of marzipan; but it was quite faint.
I noticed that the fragments of cap cuticle I was left with had turned a bright acid yellow. You can see in this photograph that the stipe has also discoloured slightly yellow where I've scraped it. The mushroom has a partial veil; and the young gills are pale.
I think these features – especially the boxy (almost trapezoidal) shape and the yellow staining – make this mushroom the Yellow Stainer Agaricus xanthodermus.
My friend Sasha spotted this grey mushroom growing on a rotting log.
The grey cap leads me to Willow Shield Pluteus salicinus. The book says that its 'free, crowded' gills are 'white, maturing pink'; which looks about right.
There were also masses of Russulas around, but I'm still ignoring those.
For the record
Location: Horton Wood, Small Dole
Grid reference: TQ208127 (site centroid)